Thuso Mbedu and The Woman King cast receive warm welcome in KZN

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Thuso Mbedu and Siv Ngesi.
Thuso Mbedu and Siv Ngesi.
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  • Thuso Mbedu, born and bred in Pietermaritzburg, visited her hometown and province ahead of the premiere of The Woman King.
  • Joined by her cast members, the stars embarked on a jam-packed two-day journey around KwaZulu-Natal.
  • "Thank you for everyone who turned up and showed us some love. We appreciate you," Mbedu wrote on social media after the visit.

Thuso Mbedu, internationally acclaimed South African actor, born and bred in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, visited her hometown and province ahead of the premiere of The Woman King.

"This is an exciting moment when the daughter of KZN soil comes home to celebrate her achievements with the nation. As the Film Commission and our partners, we are thrilled to host our talent," said KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission (KZNFC) acting CEO Victor Senna.

In a tightly packed two-day itinerary, the stars met with the heads of partner organisations and media, overnighted at Nambithi game reserve in Ladysmith, and thrilled learners of Mbedu's primary school, Pelham primary school.

"Thank you for everyone who turned up and showed us some love. We appreciate you," Mbedu wrote alongside a clip of the whirlwind trip on social media.

Ahead of their whirlwind trip to KZN, the actors attended a star-studded premiere of The Woman King, which opened in theatres on Friday, at Mall of Africa in Johannesburg.

GALLERY | The SA premiere of The Woman King

Also making his feature film debut in The Woman King is local media personality Siv Ngesi. 

In an interview with News24, Ngesi said the journey he has been on the past few years, trying to be a better man, prepared him for his role as The Migan, the king's advisor and the male counterpart to Viola Davis' Nanisca, the Miganon. 

READ MORE | Siv Ngesi on starring in The Woman King and why his gruelling prep work was 'the easy part'

Ngesi and Mbedu aren't the only local talent fans will see in the film, which is something that director Gina Prince-Bythewood told News24 was vital in making The Woman King.

"We identified that I needed this film to have scope. I didn't want this to feel like a green-screen movie. You needed to go to the continent for that," she explained.

"To have all that in South Africa and then the energy. People there wanted to tell the story. They were proud to tell the story. [South Africa] gave us everything."

READ MORE | 'We found so much great talent in SA' - The Woman King director Gina Prince-Bythewood

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