Laurence Fishburne Will Play Nelson Mandela in BET Miniseries
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Nelson Mandela’s life story is coming to the small screen.

Deadline reports that a new miniseries based on the beloved freedom fighter’s extraordinary life has been given the green light over at BET.

Nelson Mandela in the Movies

The six-hour series is executive produced by Mandela’s grandson Kweku and will be based on the books Conversations With Myself and Nelson Mandela by Himself.  It will cover Mandela’s life as a young lawyer fighting against apartheid in the 60s in South Africa. Prison Break director Kevin Hooks will be at the helm.

Nelson Mandela As a Young Man

“Nelson Mandela’s journey of political activism and leadership is deeply inspirational and we are proud to have the talented and award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne join Madiba to tell this triumphant story” said Stephen Hill, President of Programming, BET Networks.

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Production for the series is expected to begin in early 2016 in South Africa.