"Queen Sono" is Netflix’s first script-to-screen, fully produced African original series with an all-African cast and crew.
Netflix will launch its first Original African series Queen Sono in February 2020. Queen Sono is a spying-thriller series, with an all-African cast and crew. The series will be presented on February 28 in 190 countries around the world.
Written and created by comedian Kagiso Lediga, who also starred in the largely successful film Matwetwe earlier this year, Queen Sono sees herself playing the role of a crazy but unconventional spy who devotes herself to the protection of the African people. However, during one of her dangerous assignments, she unknowingly discovers shocking details about the death of her own mother, which later leads her on a mission to find out the truth.
Speaking about Pearl Thusi’s role as the lead actress in the series, Netflix Vice President International Originals Erik Barmack said: “Taking talent like this and telling stories to the rest of the world puts Pearl in the same category as other strong female characters like Claire Underwood in House of Cards and Jessica Jones.”
Queen Sono was in production for over eight weeks, and was shot in 37 different locations in Africa, including South Africa, Kenya, Zanzibar and Lagos.
The all-African cast and crew also includes Vuyo Dabula, Enhle Mbali, Loyiso Madinga, Abigail Kubeka, and Khathu Ramabulana.