IOL Entertainment is exclusively reporting that Pearl Thusi has been cast in the lead role for Netflix’s first African original series Queen Sono.
Pearl Thusi (whose credits include Quantico and Catching Feelings) will be playing the role of a highly trained top spy in a South African agency whose purpose is to better the lives of African citizens. While taking on her most dangerous mission yet, she must also face changing relationships in her personal life.
The series will be created by Kagiso Lediga and Tamsin Andersson, with Lediga directing and Andersson serving as executive producer.
Luegenbiehl Kelly, Netflix’s Vice President of International Originals for Europe and Africa, released a statement saying:
We love the team behind the show, [and] we’re passionate about coming in and doing something that feels fresh and different. It’s really exciting for us. Their point of view and creating a strong female character was really something that also really drew us to it. It [Queen Sono] will also have dramatic elements, a bit of humour and be very character driven. There’s a lot of love and passion that they’re putting into this project that we’re excited to bring to the screen.
Erik Barmack, Netflix’s Vice President of International Originals, added:
Taking talent like this and telling stories to the rest of the world puts Pearl in the same category as other strong female characters like Claire Underwood in House of Cards and Jessica Jones. Erik also revealed that “Queen Sono” is only the first of many productions they would like to do in Africa. Over time our roots will get deeper in Africa and South Africa, and we’re moving pretty quickly to that now, and plan to invest more in local content.
Kagiso Lediga said:
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.
Queen Sono is aimed to be released sometime in 2019.