Monday, December 10, 2018

Netflix commissions Queen Sono as its first African original drama and spy series with Pearl Thusi.

Netflix has commissioned its first African original drama, Queen Sono, a spy series with Pearl Thusi cast as the title character.

Queen Sono, filmed in South Africa, will be produced in 2019 and become available on Netflix later next year.

Queen Sono will revolve around a "highly trained, top spy in a South African agency", with the series following her most dangerous missions while the relationships in her personal life comes under strain and change.

Although a drama series, Queen Sono will contain some humouristic elements as well and will be produced by the Johannesburg-based Diprente production company.

The South African comedian Kagiso Lediga is the director, with Tamsin Andersson as co-executive producer together with Kagiso Lediga, and both who created Queen Sono.

"We are excited to be working with Kagiso Lediga and Pearl Thusi 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," says Erik Barmack, vice-president of international original series at Netflix.

"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," says Kagiso Lediga.