Netflix has confirmed that Pearl Thusi’s espionage thriller Queen Sono has been officially renewed for a second season.
The Sowetan reports that Thusi, Vuyo Dabula, Sechaba Morojele, Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga, Rob Van Vuuren, Kate Liquorish, Khathu Ramabulana, and Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa will all reprise their roles.
Released in February, Queen Sono is Netflix’s first original African series, and currently one of two South African series available on the platform. The second being Shadow, which began streaming before Queen Sono but was acquired by Netflix after.
“I am so excited by the appetite for African stories and that Netflix is continuing to partner with us to bring to life the next chapter of Queen’s story and showcase it to the world,” showrunner Kagiso Lediga says.
The second season is expected to start filming later this year. It is unknown whether or not the worldwide pandemic will affect its shooting schedule as it has done for other movies and TV series around the globe.[Tweet “Netflix’s First Original African Series ‘Queen Sono’ is expected to start filming a second season later this year. It is unknown if the worldwide pandemic will affect its shooting schedule.”]
“The first season of Queen Sono marked the beginning of our journey to introduce the world to exciting stories that are made in Africa,” says Dorothy Ghettuba who leads African original series at Netflix.
“It was an unprecedented representation of a strong female black lead in African television. In the first season of Queen Sono, we saw grit and glamour, strength and vulnerability, as well as the past and the present, converge into a powerful narrative that explored the complexities and nuances of the African experience.”
“Kagiso Lediga and the Diprente team delivered a compelling story that resonated with our viewers and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for Queen Sono in this coming season,” she concludes.
To tied over audiences hungry for African stories fueled by international budgets, the young adult series Blood & Water will serve as Netflix’s third original African series. The series will be based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Directed by Nosipho Dumisa, the show stars Ama Qamata, Khosi Ngema, Gail Mabalane, Natasha Thahane, and Cindy Mahlangu.
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