South African Queen, Pearl Thusi, has been cast in the lead role in Netflix’s first African series titled Queen Sono.
Pearl will portray a highly-skilled spy in the drama and comedy that is set in South Africa. Production is expected to begin in 2019.
Queen Sono hails from the Catching Feelings team of director Kagiso Lediga and executive producer Tamsin Andersson. Thusi, known for starring in ABC’s Quantico, also appeared in Catching Feelings.
The series is the first of several that Netflix plans on producing in Africa.
Thusi posted on Twitter Monday a video of herself describing her excitement for the series. “It’s going to change the game for every artist on this continent I believe,” the actress said.
“I cannot wait for every young woman, every woman on this continent and actually on this planet to meet Queen Sono,” she continued.
— Pearl Thusi (@PearlThusi) December 10, 2018
“We are excited to be working with Kagiso and Pearl, to bring the story of Queen Sonoto life, and we expect it to be embraced by our South African users and global audiences alike,” said Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Original Series at Netflix.
“We are delighted to create this original series with Netflix, and are super excited by their undeniable ability to take this homegrown South African story to a global audience. We believe Queen Sono will kick the door open for more awesome stories from this part of the world,” added Kagiso Lediga.
We wish her all the very best and can’t wait till the release!