John Goodman And Michaela Coel Star In New BBC Thriller ‘Black Earth Rising’

John Goodman will soon be seen reprising the role of Dan Conner in the Roseanne-free spinoff “The Conners”, but he’s also got some other projects in the pipeline.

One of these is “Black Earth Rising”, a gritty new British thriller for BBC Two, written and directed by BAFTA winner Hugo Blick (“The Honourable Woman”, “The Shadow Line”).

Described as an “international thriller about the prosecution of international war crimes and the West’s relationship with contemporary Africa,” the eight-part genocide drama spans the U.K., Europe, the U.S. and Africa.

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Michaela Coel (whose credits include “Black Mirror”, British TV series “Chewing Gum” and a small role in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) stars as Kate Ashby, who was rescued as a young child during the genocide in Rwanda and adopted by Eve Ashby (Harriest Walter), a British prosecutor specializing in international criminal law.

Raised in Britain, Kate now works as a legal investigator for Michael Ennis (Goodman), who assigns her a case at the International Criminal Court, prosecuting an African militia leader.

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The case, however, is not as black and white as it may seem, and both Michael and Kate find themselves undertaking a journey that will leave them forever changed.

“Black Earth Rising” is expected to debut later this year.

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