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Watch the Official Trailer for 'Queen Sono,' Netflix's First African Original

The show is set to premiere on the streaming platform next month.

Netflix has released the first official trailer for its much-anticipated upcoming series Queen Sono, starring Pearl Thusi—and it's packed with drama and action.

The show, which is being described as the the streaming giant's "first African original," is a crime thriller that takes place in South Africa, specifically.

According to a description from Shadow & Act, Thusi's plays "a 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."


Shadow & Act also shared a more detailed description of the show's cast and characters:

The cast also includes Vuyo Dabula playing Shandu, an ex-spy who has taken a different path, and Sechaba Morojele as Dr. Sid, director of the SOG. Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga and Rob Van Vuuren, play agents on his team. Kate Liquorish plays Ekaterina, heiress of an oligarch family with ulterior motives. Khathu Ramabulana plays Queen's childhood friend, William, now in a relationship with Enhle Maphumulo's Nova. Abigail Kubeka plays Mazet, Queen's beloved Gogo, who has always supported Queen, no matter the trouble she gets herself into. Connie Chiume, Otto Nobela and James Ngcobo round out the cast.

While Netflix has acquired several programs from the continent, Queen Sono is the first series from Africa that is has developed from inception. It previously acquired the South African series Shadow, as well as several Nollywood films including Genevieve Nnaji's directorial debut Lionheart, and Atlantics from Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop.

Queen Sono is set to premiere on February 28. Check out the trailer below.

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From 'Wives on Strike' to 'Goodwill Hunting' here's what the Nigerian filmmaker is watching while stuck at home in Lagos.

Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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