By Jennifer Maas
Updated March 31, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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BET Network has brought on director Kevin Hooks to helm Madiba, its six-part mini-series based on books penned by South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will be based on two Mandela books, Conversations With Myself and Nelson Mandela by Himself.

Hooks is currently directing Fox’s new series Backstrom and previously directed episodes of The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Lost, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and 24. Hooks also directed the films Prison Break and Passenger 57.

The mini-series is an international co-production between Blue Ice Pictures in Canada, UK-based Left Bank Pictures and Mandela’s grandson, Kweku Mandela, on board with South Africa’s Out of Africa Entertainment, THR reported.

BET Networks previously aired a similar internationally co-produced mini-series, The Book of Negroes, a slave trade drama starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Louis Gossett Jr. and Aunjanue Ellis.

According to THR, casting on Madiba is currently underway, with production set to begin later this year in South Africa.