Netflix has released the first photo for their upcoming South African comedy-drama series titled Queen Sono, with lead star Pearl Thusi (Quantico) as the titular character. Production is scheduled to begin next year in 2019.

Queen Sono is the streaming network’s first South African original series co-created by comedian-director Kagiso Lediga and Tamsin Andersson who is also set as executive producer through their Diprente Production house banner. The story will center around Queen Sono, the highly trained top spy in a South African agency whose purpose is to better the lives of African citizens. While taking on her most dangerous mission yet, she must also face changing relationships in her personal life.

“We are excited to be working with Kagiso and Pearl, 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.” said 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” added the director and executive producer of the series, Kagiso Lediga.

The series will mark the second collaboration of Thusi, Lediga, and Andersson, whom have worked together in the romantic comedy Catching Feelings which was about a young couple whose lives are turned upside-down when a someone unexpected moves in with them.

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