One of the world’s leading entertainment services, Netflix, has begun production on its first original African series – Queen Sono. Queen Sono is an action-packed spy thriller. It was shot in South Africa and produced by Johannesburg-based Diprente.
Pearl Thusi leads the act as an unconventional spy working for an undercover South African agency devoted to protecting Africans generally.
The action series, first of its kind in Africa will feature an all-local cast, such as Vuyo Dabula playing Shandu, an ex-spy who has taken a different path. Kate Liquorish plays Ekaterina, heiress of an oligarch family with ulterior motives. Sechaba Morojele plays Dr. Sid, director of the SOG, with Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga, and Rob Van Vuuren, playing agents on his team. Abigail Kubekha plays Mazet, Queen’s beloved Gogo, who has always supported the Queen – no matter the trouble she gets herself into. Khathu Ramabulana plays Queen’s childhood friend, William, now in a relationship with Enhle Maphumulo’s Nova.
The series which also intends to give upcoming acts a chance internationally features Otto Nobela, Connie Chiume, and James Ngcobo.
The six-part series is being produced by Diprente, a Johannesburg-based production company who produced “Catching Feelings and International Emmy nominated ‘Late Nite News’ with Loyiso Gola.
Showrunner and director Kagiso Lediga will be joined by director Tebogo Malope, Cannes Lions and SAFTA award winner, with both parties directing three episodes each. The team will be managed by executive producer Tamsin Andersson.
The series is expected to premiere globally in 2020.
In November 2018, Barmack confirmed that more African series will be commissioned by Netflix in 2019 with Queen Sono being the first of many.