Netflix unveils first South African original series

Netflix unveils first South African original series

Netflix unveils first South African original series

"Queen Sono" stars veteran South African actress Pearl Thusi, who tweeted in an emotional video Monday that she "cannot wait for...every woman on this continent, and actually on this planet, to meet Queen Sono".

While taking on her most risky mission yet, she must also face changing relationships in her personal life.

Pearl Thusi struggled to fight back tears as she announced that she will be starring in Netflix's first original series in Africa, Queen Sono. A thrilling story about a kickass female spy.

The announcement of the show comes barely a week after Erik Barmack, Netflix's vice president of global originals, told a gathering in London that the company would begin commissioning original series in Africa starting in 2019. Can't wait for you guys to see what we have in store for you!

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The series will be created by director, Kagiso Lediga and executive producer Tamsin Andersson.

"We are delighted to create this original series with Netflix, and are super excited by their undeniable ability to take this homegrown South African story to a global audience".

Variety reported last week that Netflix had confirmed plans to commission original series from Africa in 2019.

Netflix told South African news site Independent Online that the new series would be directed by local actor and director Kagiso Legida who directed Thusi in South African hit film "Catching Feelings", which is also available on Netflix.

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