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Goldberg in Disney TV’s ‘Yankee’

She'll play displaced New Englander in Twain revamp

Actress-comedian Whoopi Goldberg has inked to star in “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” a Walt Disney Television production for the 1998-99 season of “The Wonderful World of Disney,” which has been renewed by the network.

In this revamped version of the classic Mark Twain tale, Goldberg will play a modern Connecticut woman who finds herself at odds with Merlin the magician as she adjusts to primitive sixth century English life sans the modern conveniences she left behind in the 20th century.

Roger Young (“Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy,” “Joseph”) will direct the telepic, scripted by Joe Wiesenfeld (“The Yearling,” “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”) and exec produced by Norman Rosemont (“The Man in the Iron Mask”). Pic shoots in Budapest and Scotland and is a presentation of Rosemont Prods. in association with Walt Disney Television.

Last season Goldberg played Queen Constantina in “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” her first “Wonderful World of Disney” project.

Goldberg, whose feature credits include “Ghost,” for which she won a supporting actress oscar, “The Color Purple,” “Sister Act” and “Ghosts of Mississippi,” became popular with TV viewers on five seasons of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

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