David Harewood films Mandela series
British actor David Harewood has been cast in new miniseries Madiba, based on the life of Nelson Mandela, which has started filming on location in South Africa.
The UK’s Left Bank Pictures is also involved with Madiba, which was the Thembu clan to which Mandela belonged and a name by which he was also known.
American actor Laurence Fishburne stars as Mandela and the production is being primarily produced and financed by Blue Ice Pictures of Toronto. Filming will run through to the beginning of June in Johannesburg, Cape Town and on Robben Island (pictured) where Mandela was imprisoned for nearly 20 years.
“Madiba is an ambitious and epic event series that tells an incredibly emotional and courageous story that is highly relevant in today’s world,” said Daniel March, managing partner of Dynamic Television, which will distribute the series globally.
“This is a very talented creative team that has worked tirelessly to bring this important event to life and we’re honoured to have the opportunity to connect Madiba with audiences around the world.”
British actor Idris Elba previously played the South African leader in the 2013 biopic Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom, which also filmed in key locations across Cape Town and Johannesburg.
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