Laurence Fishburne is set to play Nelson Mandela in the BET Networks six-hour mini-series “Madiba”.
Named after the Thembu clan to which Mandela belonged, the story follows a younger Nelson Mandela during the early-60s as he deals with the political unrest engulfing South Africa.
Kevin Hooks (“Prison Break”) helms the project based on two Mandela books, “Conversations With Myself” and “Nelson Mandela by Himself”. Mandela’s grandson Kweku Mandela will produce.
Shooting begins early 2016 in South Africa.