Bonnie Mbuli hits the big time

2015-01-13 14:16

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Fans of the hit local TV drama Rockville were disappointed when the new season began just over a week ago without Bonnie Mbuli playing the role of the rich, spoilt Dudu Bogatsu.

Yesterday the reason for her omission became clear. The author and Traffic star apparently couldn’t fit Rockville into her schedule after landing a major role on British detective series Wallander opposite leading man Sir Kenneth Branagh.

Wallander is one of four major international TV series that have been filming in Cape Town.

The news of her involvement in the series, adapted from the Swedish novelist Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander novels, was announced by the actress on Instagram yesterday.

She said that she will be playing Branagh’s investigative partner Grace in the fourth season of Wallander, titled The White Lioness. The much-anticipated season only has three episodes and marks the end of the series.

Other local actors John Kani, Tumisho Masha and Deon Lotz have reportedly also landed cameo roles on the series.

This morning, Mbuli posted this message on her Twitter page: “So nervous for this gig ... gonna need some serious big match temperament, playing with the big guns now! Wish me luck, I’m going in!”

Her close friend, musician Thandiswa Mazwai wished her friend good luck on Twitter.

On her unexpected departure from Mzansi Magic’s Rockville, which has seen her replaced by Terry Pheto, Mbuli posted this message on Instagram on Sunday: “I too am disappointed that I couldn’t return, I really loved playing Dudu and enjoyed the Rockville family. Due to scheduling issues, we couldn’t make it work this time as I was shooting something else.”

The other international productions that have been filming in Cape Town include Dominion, Sails and Homeland, all using predominantly South African crews facilitated by local production companies, who are gaining skills and capacity in the process.

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