Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., Aunjanue Ellis and Lyriq Ben are set to star in The Book of Negroes miniseries from Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment and Entertainment One (eOne) Television.
The dramatic miniseries is an adaptation of The Book of Negroes, based on the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winning novel by Lawrence Hill (published in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand as Someone Knows My Name). Principal photography begins this week in South Africa and continues in Nova Scotia this spring. The show is slated to air on CBC in Canada and BET Networks in the U.S.
“The Book of Negroes is a deeply inspirational, triumphant story that needs to be told, and we are proud to be part of a project that has the ability and pedigree to attract a cast as exceptional as Lou, Cuba, Aunjanue, Lyriq, Ben, Allan and Jane,” said Carrie Stein, the executive VP of global production at eOne Television.
Loretha Jones, the president of original programming at BET Networks, added, “We are thrilled to join forces with the CBC, eOne and the talented cast and creative team for this special project. Aminata and her journey symbolize the indomitable spirit of so many of our ancestors who not only survived the horrible institution of slavery, but also prevailed under trying circumstances. It is that legacy that we hope will continue to inspire our young people today.”