John Goodman and UK comedian Michaela Coel are set to star in BBC Two and Netflix’s new drama series “Black Earth Rising” which deals with international war crimes and the West’s relationship with Africa.
Coel plays Kate, a woman who was rescued as a young child during the Rwandan genocide and adopted by Eve Ashby (Harriet Walter), a British prosecutor. Kate was raised in Britain and, now in her late 20s, works as a legal investigator in the law chambers of Michael Ennis (Goodman).
When Eve takes on a genocide case at the International Criminal Court, prosecuting an African militia leader, it pulls Ennis and Ashby into a journey that will change their lives. Noma Dumezweni and Tamara Tunie co-star.
The series is the centerpiece of several projects that BBC Two announced today which also include “The Fall” creator Allan Cubitt’s adaptation of Eugene McCabe’s modern Irish classic “Death and Nightingales,” and the Riz Ahmed-created “Englistan” about three generations of a British Pakistani family as they pursue their dreams over four tumultuous decades.