After announcing its first African original series Queen Sono last year, Netflix announced today that production has begun.
The series stars Pearl Thusi, Vuyo Dabula, Enhle Mbali Maphumulo, Loyiso Madinga, Khathu Ramabulana and is directed by Kagiso Lediga and Tebogo Malope.
In Queen Sono, Pearl Thusi star the role of a spy in a South African agency – taking on dangerous missions. Vuyo Dabula plays Shandu, an ex-spy who has taken a different path. Sechaba Morojele plays Dr Sid, director of the SOG; with Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga, and Rob Van Vuuren, playing agents on his team. Kate Liquorish plays Ekaterina, heiress of an oligarch family with ulterior motives. Khathu Ramabulana plays Queen’s childhood friend, William, now in a relationship with Enhle Maphumulo’s Nova.
Abigail Kubekha plays Mazet, Queen’s beloved Gogo, who has always supported Queen – no matter the trouble she gets herself into. Rounding out the talented supporting cast are Connie Chiume, Otto Nobela and James Ngcobo.
The six-part series is being produced by Diprente, the Johannesburg-based production company behind Catching Feelings, Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola and the latest Matwetwe.
Showrunner and director Kagiso Lediga, will be joined by director Tebogo Malope, with both directing three episodes each. The team will be led by executive producer Tamsin Andersson.
The series is expected to hit our screens in 2020.
This will be another bold statement by Netflix, proving that they’re investing in more local content. Earlier this year they debuted a new local and original series Shadow, starring Amanda DuPont and Pallance Dladla.
They further announced a first original African animated series, Mama K’s Team 4, produced by South Africa’s award-winning Triggerfish Animation Studios and leading London-based kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE – and created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema.