March 31, 2009 at 07:00 AM EDT

Diamonds, a four-hour politically charged drama about the blood-diamond trade in Africa, was acquired by ABC to air sometime in late May, Variety reports. The miniseries stars Judy Davis (Husbands and Wives) as a U.S. senator who travels to Sierra Leone to investigate her daughter’s death in a diamond mine. James Purefoy (Rome) also stars in the project, which was produced independently by Canadian and U.K. firms.

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