South African actress and businesswoman, Pearl Thusi continues to soar to new heights as she stars in Netflix’s first original African series, Queen Sono
Netflix is adding the first African series to its lineup next year when it welcomes Queen Sono to its global platform.
The South African-based production will be the first original African series the streaming giant has ever commissioned. The announcement comes just a week after Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP of international originals, said the network would be partnering with more creators on the continent in 2019.
Actress Pearl Thusi, and one of the stars of the show, Queen Sono plays “a thrilling story about a kick-ass female spy.” She took the announcement to Twitter and said that the series will be game changer for every artist on this continent.
Queen Sono was created by Kagiso Lediga, who starred with Thusi in the Netflix original film, Catching Feelings, which was also the first for the platform.
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“We believe Queen Sono will kick the door open for more awesome stories from this part of the world,” he said.
Funa Maduka, Netflix’s director of international original films, called the company’s recent foray into original African content “only the beginning.”
Netflix’s vice president of international original, Erik Barmack, also mentioned that he is excited “to be working with Kagiso and Pearl, to bring the story of Queen Sono to life,” and expressed his hopes that the show will be embraced by South African and global audiences. He said at an event in London, a week ago, that the streaming giant would begin commissioning original content in African for 2019, which Netflix did causing a wave a celebrations and congratulatory messages on social media from fans and industry colleagues.
If you think 2018 was good to us in terms of the world fixing its eyes and interest on South African soil, I can imagine what 2019 and the future holds for us.