Screen Africa reports that production has officially begun on Queen Sono for Netflix. The streamer’s first original African series is billed as an action-packed spy thriller that stars Pearl Thusi (The Scorpion King: Book Of Souls) for its six episode premiere in 2020.
Queen Sono is produced by Johannesburg-based Diprente (Catching Feelings), stars Thusi in the title role as an unconventional spy working for an undercover South African agency devoted to protecting the people of Africa. Also starring will be an all-local cast comprised of Five Fingers For Marseilles actor Vuyo Dabula in the role of Shandu, an ex-spy who has taken a different path.
Actor Sechaba Morojele will play Dr Sid, director of the SOG, with actress Chi Mhende and actors Loyiso Madinga, and Rob Van Vuuren joining the cast as SOG agent team members. Actress Kate Liquorish plays Ekaterina, heiress of an oligarch family with ulterior motives, while actor Khathu Ramabulana joins in as Queen Sono’s childhood friend, William, who is now in a relationship with Enhle Maphumulo’s Nova.
The role of Queen’s beloved and supportive Gogo, Mazet, goes to actress Abigail Kubekha. The remaining cast consists of actress Connie Chiume, and actors Otto Nobela and James Ngcobo.
Fast Company-celebrated director Kagiso Lediga will serve as showrunner and will helm three episodes with SAFTA and Cannes Lions winner Tebogo Malope directing another three. Tamsin Andersson will serve as executive producer.
Netflix's first original series from Africa will be #QueenSono starring @PearlThusi as a highly trained top spy in a South African agency whose purpose is to better the lives of African citizens. Production begins in 2019. pic.twitter.com/U1xC1SSrPT
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