Netflix confirms “Queen Sono,” a South African series as first African Original Series to be commissioned for production in 2019.
This is coming shortly after Erik Barmack – Netflix Vice President of International originals announced at the Content London Conference that the company will be commissioning original African series in 2019.
“In the process of looking at opportunities in Africa. It’s definitely the case that we’ll commission some series there in 2019…” Barmack noted weeks back.
It can be recalled that the company had earlier acquired rights to Nollywood actor, Genevieve Nnaji’s debut directorial feature film “Lions Heart” and Akin Omotosho’s “Vaya” during the last quarters of this year.
Production for “Queen Sono” is set to commence in 2019 and the series will be directed by Kagiso Lediga, the director of dark romantic comedy “Catching Feelings.”
Star actress, Pearl Thusi will be playing the role of “Queen Sono” in the Netflix series.
The ABC “Quantico” star expressed her excitement:
“It’s going to change the game for every artist on this continent…I cannot wait for every young woman, every woman on this continent and on this planet to meet Queen Sono. We’ve worked so hard for this.”
Further confirming the news, Erik Barmack added:
“We are excited to be working with Kagiso and Pearl, to bring the story of Queen Sonoto life, and we expect it to be embraced by our South African users and global audiences alike.”