Netflix has announced its second original African series, Blood & Water, with production already begun.
Blood & Water will be directed by one of South Africa’s most recognisable black female directors, award winning Nosipho Dumisa (Best Director, Fantasia International Film Festival) and produced by Gambit Films led by Bradley Joshua and Benjamin Overmeyer as producers, with Daryne Joshua & Travis Taute as co-directors and writers and Simon Beesley as lead editor.
The cast will include Gail Mabalane, Sello Maake, Ama Qamata, Natasha Thahane, Khosi Ngema, Dillon Windvogel, Thabang Molaba to name a few.
Blood & Water follows the exploits of the intelligent yet spontaneous 16 year-old, Puleng Khumalo played by Ama Qamata (My Perfect Family, Rhythm City), as she investigates the cold case of her abducted-at-birth older sister.
In the search Puleng meets beautiful, alluring Fikile “Fiks’’ Bhele from nearby private school, played by Khosi Ngema starring in her debut role. Joining the female leads is Thabang Molaba playing Karabo ‘KB’ Molapo, resident bad boy and high school heart throb who is struggling to live up to his father’s high expectations.
In her on-going search Puleng finds an ally and assistant investigator in Wade, played by Dillon Windvogel (Arendsvlei), while also having to handle the opinionated Wendy Dlamini, who at times is a bit too ‘woke’, played by Natasha Thahane (Skeem Saam, The Queen, Lockdown).
RISE MZANSI! Our second Original Blood & Water goes into production today! Directed by the one & only Nosipho Dumisa and featuring an amazingly fresh, talented and young South African cast, in addition to some of the nation’s most loved stars. We cannot wait!!! #BloodAndWater pic.twitter.com/vJpPz9f6Yw
— Netflix South Africa (@NetflixSA) June 26, 2019
Completing the diverse cast are Arno Greef (Binnelanders), Ryle De Morny (Top Billing), Getmore Sithole (Scandal), Xolile Tshabalala (High Rollers), Sandi Schultz (Binnelanders), Monique Rockman (Nommer 37) and Cindy Mahlangu (The Herd).
The series is expected to debut in 2020 on Netflix.