A new US miniseries based on the life and times of Nelson Mandela is in the works, and scenes will be filmed on Robben Island, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The six-part series will be directed by Kevin Hooks (Prison Break, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), and principal photography for Madiba has started in the country last week.
The miniseries, starring Laurence Fishburne as Mandela, has been adapted from the books Conversations with Myself and Nelson Mandela by Himself.
Dynamic Television, which recently acquired the worldwide distribution rights, announced this week that Fishburne will be joined by US comedian Orlando Jones, 47, as Oliver Tambo, president of the ANC from 1967 to 1991.
The role of Winnie Mandela, who was married to Mandela from 1958 and 1996, and of his widow Graça Machel, have yet to be announced.
Dynamic Television said the series told “the epic tale of Nelson Mandela’s heroic journey to bring racial equality and democracy to the people of South Africa”, and will broadcast in the US next year.
There is no word yet of when the series will be broadcast in South Africa.