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Actress Thuso Mbedu attends the Young Creatives Awards Ceremony on November 16, 2018 in New York City

Thuso Mbedu's Next Hollywood Film 'The Woman King' To Be Shot in South Africa

Thuso Mbedu joins Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong'o in the highly anticipated historical film The Woman King, based on the true events of West Africa's Dahomey women warriors.

South Africa's breakout actor Thuso Mbedu recently shared that she would be returning home to shoot her new feature film The Woman King. This, follows the announcement that she would be co-starring alongside Oscar-winning actresses Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong'o. The Woman King is based on the historical events that took place in West Africa's powerful female warrior dynasty, the Dahomey Kingdom, between the 18th and 19th Centuries.


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In an Instagram Live interview with South African actor and YouTuber Stephanie Ndlovu, Mbedu revealed that The Woman King cast and crew would be descending on South African shores to film. In the same interview, the 29-year-old actress also shared that she anticipated returning home as she had been in the U.S. for over a year filming the historical drama series The Underground Railroad, which premieres on May 14 on Prime Video.

According to Deadline, American director Gina Prince-Bythewood hailed Mbedu as a "generational talent", adding that it was her tenacity, passion and work ethic that landed her the warrior role in The Woman King. Co-star Davis also waxed lyrical about the two-time Emmy nominated South African actress:

"The depth and complexity of emotional life, her authentic beauty, and regalness is potent. We were mesmerized by Thuso Mbedu. We wanted Woman King / Nawi to be the vehicle to introduce her on the big screen."

The Woman King follows the story of Nanisca, played by Davis, a general of the all-female military — and her daughter Nawi portrayed by Nyong'o. The mother-daughter duo made history through their fight against French enslavement and enduring battles against other African nations that attempted to enslave the people of Dahomey. The female-only Dahomey warriors lived in Benin and were known for their formidable military discipline and fearlessness.

Mbedu's 2018 Emmy-nomination for her astounding performance in the local drama series Is'thunzi instantly made her an international hit. In The Underground Railroad, she plays Cora, a slave woman who escapes a Georgia plantation on train only to be pursued by slave hunters. The thrilling eleven-part series is directed by Barry Jenkins, known for his work on the Oscar-winning film Moonlight.

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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