If stories about infamous prison escapes weren’t exciting enough, the only other thing guaranteed to make them sound cooler is having Morgan Freeman narrating them.

It’s been confirmed that the superstar will be voicing the new docuseries, called Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman and it’ll be on The History Channel.  You’ve got six one-hour episodes to look forward to in the first series.

Freeman played an iconic role in The Shawshank Redemption, as Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding. His character was a prison contraband smuggler who becomes friends with Andy (played by Tim Robbins).

Morgan Freeman In The Shawshank Redemption, 1994. 

Ellis witnesses one of the best prison escapes ever made onscreen, so it’s only fitting that Morgan should narrate this series.

In a statement reported by Deadline, Morgan said: “I’ve been inside the minds of prisoners in my acting career, and I’m looking forward to stepping inside the most notorious prisons in the world, like Alcatraz, Sing Sing, Rikers Island and Leavenworth. Audiences will feel like they’re making the escapes themselves as I walk them into a virtual world and through the greatest escapes in history.”

The series will examine a different escape in each episode, and will feature ‘dramatic reenactments’ examining who was involved, and if they were ever recaptured.

Eli Lehrer from The History Channel says: “The History channel is honoured to partner with Morgan and his production team, Revelations Entertainment, to deliver context and backstory to some of history’s infamous prison escapes. Morgan’s gravitas will help ground this series and drive the drama in a way no other face or voice can.”

There’s no sign of a release date just yet, but we’re sure it’ll be worth the wait.

Is there anything Morgan Freeman can’t do?

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