Netflix is crowning a new queen, with its first original African series Queen Sono.
Quantico star Pearl Thusi will star in the South Africa-set spy dramedy set to go into production next year.
Thusi announced the show in a tweet Monday, saying: “It’s going to change the game for every artist on this continent.” The news was first reported by South Africa’s Independent.
“Thank you to Netflix for believing in this idea,” she continued. “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.”
— Pearl Thusi (@PearlThusi) December 10, 2018
The team behind the Johannesburg-set Catching Feelings, director Kagiso Lediga and executive producer Tamsin Andersson, will reunite for the new series through their Diprente production house. Thusi starred in the romantic drama last year.
“We love the team behind the show, [and] we’re passionate about coming in and doing something that feels fresh and different,” said Netflix vp 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.”
Netflix’s vp international originals Erik Barmack compared the main character to House of Cards‘ Claire Underwood and Jessica Jones‘ titular character, two other Netflix series.
“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.
Queen Sono is the first of several series Netflix plans as it expands in Africa. Added Barmack: “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.”