Pearl Thusi has fast-become one of Mzansi’s strongest actresses. After starring in the international drama Quantico, the star is joining forces with her Catching Feelings co-star Kagiso Ledinga for what is to become Netflix’s first African original drama ‘Queen Sono’.

“I’m here to let everybody know that I’ll be starring in Africa’s very first Netflix original. I can’t believe I’m saying this, the team that I’ve been working with has been working so hard to make this happen, thank you to Netflix for believing in this idea. I cannot wait for every young woman, every woman on this continent and actually on this planet to meet Queen Sono, we’ve worked so hard on this and I cannot wait.”

While there is some African content on the streaming giant, this is the first time the platform has commissioned an original drama from the continent. “We love the team behind the show, [and] we’re passionate about coming in and doing something that feels fresh and different,” said Netflix vp international originals for Europe and Africa Kelly Luegenbiehl. “Their point of view and creating a strong female character was really something that also really drew us to it.”

Naturally, Kagiso Ledinga is incredibly excited to be at the helm of this project. “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. We believe Queen Sono will kick the door open for more awesome stories from this part of the world,” he says.

Queen Sono premieres in 2019.

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