Quantico star Pearl Thusi is heading to Netflix for new series Queen Sono.
The streaming giant’s first original series to hail from the continent of Africa, the series is a story about a kickass female spy that will take place in South Africa.
Directed by Kagiso Lediga and exec-produced by Tamsin Andersson (Catching Feelings), the project follows a secret agent in a South African espionage agency, who is highly trained and takes on dangerous missions, while juggling the high-stakes work with challenges in her personal life.
The lead character, played by Thusi (pictured above in Quantico), has been compared by Netflix to a mix of House of Cards’ Claire Underwood and Jessica Jones’ Jessica Jones.
“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,” said Lediga.
Indeed, Netflix’s VP of International Originals, Erik Barmack, has said that it’s one several projects planned in the continent.
“Over time our roots will get deeper in Africa and South Africa, and we’re moving pretty quickly to that now, and plan to invest more in local content,” he told THR.
Thusi broke the news of the show on Twitter yesterday, announcing that the show is “going to change the game for every artist on this continent”.
“Thank you to Netflix for believing in this idea,” she added. “I cannot wait for every young woman, every woman on this continent and actually this planet to meet Queen Sono. We have worked so hard on this and I cannot wait.”
“We love the team behind the show, [and] we’re passionate about coming in and doing something that feels fresh and different,” commented Netflix VP of 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.”