Just as we are gearing up to see actress Thuso Mbedu lead in an American series titled The Underground Railroad this month, the actress made South Africans proud once again when it was revealed that she’d be starring in a feature film alongside award-winning US actress, Viola David.
Speaking on an Instagram Live video which she posted to her IG TV, the 29-year-old shared details about the movie which is titled Woman King.
“It’s set in the 1800s in Africa and it’s based on real life events of women warriors… So historically, the Amazon warriors as we see them on TV have always been abelungu (white people). Those didn’t exist, but do you know which Amazon warriors existed in real life? It was the women ones in Africa. So we’re telling that story,” Thuso explained.
“I didn’t even know that there were African warriors who were women. So I am excited to be a part of the story because we’re telling stories about Africa in a real way” she excitedly continued.
Thuso then went on to say that she knew about the project in 2019 after meeting with Viola Davis and her husband’s production company team (JuVee Productions). She said that after meeting Viola, the pandemic hit and she returned home. While in Mzansi, her team continued to track the progress of casting for The Woman King. And as they say, the rest is history.
She also revealed that the production would be shot in South Africa.
“Something that they didn’t mention in the press release is that we’re actually shooting it in South Africa, so I get to be home,” she told South African actress, Stephanie Ndlovu, who had joined the live.
Deadline previously reported that Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, who owns JuVee Productions, had said that they were “mesmerised by Thuso”, and thought she was perfect for the project, in a statement.
Watch Thuso’s full live video below: