THE BOOK OF NEGROES To Film in Nova Scotia

CASTING CALL issued March 26, 2014 - click here for details

 

Posted: February 12, 2014

We first heard the news last summer - the award winning, best selling novel by Canadian author Lawrence Hill was to be made into a mini-series for CBC.  Then, just last week, a rush of production details were revealed - the best part was the confirmation that THE BOOK OF NEGROES production by Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment and Entertainment One Television’s (eOne) would be filming here in Nova Scotia during April and May.

Allan Hawco to star in THE BOOK OF NEGROES along with Louis Gossett Jr & Cuba Gooding Jr

We were also thrilled to learn NL fella and SABS favourite Allan Hawco would be joining that cast that already includes OSCAR® winners Louis Gossett Jr. (AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN) and Cuba Gooding Jr. (JERRY MAGUIRE) along with Aunjanue Ellis (THE HELP) and Lyriq Bent (SAW II,III & IV).

casting call coming soonYou'll find the official release below - but we wanted you to know that casting for extras talent is rumoured to begin this week.  Stay tuned and we'll give you the scoop once we get it.

As well, we'll keep you up to date as location details and filming schedules are nailed down. In the meantime  - what follows is the official word...

 

A Sweet Release - Feb/2013

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LOUIS GOSSETT JR., CUBA GOODING JR., ALLAN HAWCO, AUNJANUE ELLIS AND LYRIQ BENT SET TO STAR IN “THE BOOK OF NEGROES” FROM CBC, CONQUERING LION PICTURES, OUT OF AFRICA ENTERTAINMENT AND ENTERTAINMENT ONE TELEVISION

BEN CHAPLIN AND JANE ALEXANDER ALSO JOIN THE CAST OF THE EPIC MINI-SERIES

 PRODUCTION COMMENCES IN SOUTH AFRICA AND WILL CONTINUE IN NOVA SCOTIA

LOS ANGELES/TORONTO (February 4, 2014) –Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Primetime Emmy® winner Louis Gossett Jr., Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr., Allan Hawco, Aunjanue Ellis and Lyriq Bent will star in Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment and leading independent studio Entertainment One Television’s (eOne) epic dramatic mini-series adaptation of The Book of Negroes, based on the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winning novel by internationally acclaimed Canadian author Lawrence Hill (published in the US, Australia and New Zealandas Someone Knows My Name). Ben Chaplin will also join the star-studded cast along with Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee and Primetime Emmy Award winner Jane Alexander. Principal photography begins today in South Africa, kicking off Black History Month, and continues in Nova Scotia this spring. The show is slated to air on CBC in Canada and BET Networks in the US.

The mini-series is co-written by multiple-award winning filmmaker Clement Virgo (The Wire,Poor Boy’s Game) and by novelist Lawrence Hill. Clement Virgo will direct.

Selected by The Oprah Magazine as a 2010 top Summer Read and the 2009 winner of CBC’s Canada Reads, with close to a million copies sold worldwide, The Book of Negroes depicts the extraordinary life journey of Aminata Diallo – an indomitable African woman who cuts a swath through a world that is predisposed to underestimate her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century.

 “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, EVP Global Production, eOne Television.

Gossett Jr. has built an acclaimed career over the past decades. His credits include such classics as A Raisin in the Sun and An Office and a Gentleman and more recently, Why Did I get Married, Too?,Taking Woodstock and the television series Boardwalk Empire.

Gooding Jr.’s credits include Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men and As Good as It Gets, and more recently, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Don Jon, Machete Kills and upcoming film Carry Me Home.

Hawco is the co-creator, executive producer, head writer, and star of the CBC hit television series Republic of Doyle. His credits also include H2O and The Trojan Horse.

Ellis’ credits include Academy Award winning films Ray and The Help, as well as the hit television show The Mentalist. Ellis and Gooding Jr. will also reunite on screen together for the first time since HBO’s Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, and have acted opposite each other in Men of Honor.

Bent’s credits include eOne’s television series Rookie Blue, Home Again and three chapters of the Saw horror feature film series.

Chaplin’s credits include The Thin Red Line, Murder by Numbers, and more recently, Francis Ford Coppola’s TWIXT and upcoming Disney live-action film Cinderella.

Alexander has a wealth of esteemed credits to her name including Kramer vs. Kramer and The Cider House Rules, and more recently, Terminator Salvation and hit television series The Blacklist.

The Book of Negroes is an official Canada-South Africa co-production, executive produced by Damon D’Oliveira (What We Have, Lie with Me) and Clement Virgo from Conquering Lion Pictures; Lance Samuels (Inescapable, Bang Bang Club) from Out of Africa Entertainment; Bill Niven (Marion Bridge) of Idlewild Films; and eOne’s Carrie Stein (Coco Chanel, Burn Up, Diamonds) and Margaret O’Brien (Bitten, Rookie Blue). Other executive producers include Daniel Iron (Cairo Time, Away From Her) and Michael Levine (Republic of Doyle).

The Book of Negroes is produced with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund, Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia through the Equity Investment Program, Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia through The Eastlink Independent Production Fund, and with the participation of Cogeco Production Program. The series is produced with the assistance of the Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. eOne handles the worldwide rights to the mini-series in all media. The Book of Negroes will be produced in association with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Black Entertainment Television.

 

 

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