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Production for the first African Netflix original series ‘Queen Sono’ begins

Netflix has announced in a press release that production for its original series ‘Queen Sono’ has begun.

At the end of 2018, The Sauce reported that South African Quantico star Pearl Thusi would star in the first Netflix original series coming from the continent.

According to OkayAfrica, the series is being made by Johannesburg-based production company Diprente. The six-part series is an action-packed spy thriller Thusi playing the title role working for an undercover South African agency devoted to protecting African people.

Kagiso Lediga is the showrunner and director of the series, alongside director Tebogo Malope. The two will direct three episodes each, with the team led by executive producer Tamsin Andersson.

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The all-South African cast for Queen Sono that’s due to join Thusi will be Vuyo Dabula playing Shandu, an ex-spy who has taken a different path. Sechaba Morojele plays the role of Dr. Sid, director of the SOG, with Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga, and Rob Van Vuuren the agents on his team. Kate Liquorish will play Ekaterina, the heiress of an oligarch family with ulterior motives. Khathu Ramabulana plays Queen’s childhood friend, William, now in a relationship with Enhle Maphumulo’s character Nova. Abigail Kubekha plays Mazet, Queen’s beloved Gogo (grandmother), who has always supported Queen no matter the trouble she gets herself into.

‘Queen Sono’ is due to be released on Netflix globally in 2020.

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