December 12, 2018
Netflix has announced its first original series in Africa, with South African series “Queen Sono.”
The series, which begins production next year, follows Queen Sono, the top spy in a South African agency with a mission to better the lives of African citizens. While taking on her most dangerous mission yet, she must also face changing relationships in her personal life. The series will be created by director, Kagiso Lediga and executive producer Tamsin Andersson.
South African actress Pearl Thusi stars as Queen Sono, with the character having been created with her in mind. Thusi is also known for her performance in the romantic dramedy Catching Feelings, available on Netflix.
“We are excited to be working with Kagiso and Pearl, to bring the story of Queen Sono to life, and we expect it to be embraced by our South African users and global audiences alike,” Erik Barmack, VP of international original series at Netflix, said in a statement.
Director Lediga said he is pleased with Netflix’s willingness to take a 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 said.