KwaZulu-Natal born actress, Thuso Mbedu, is set to star alongside Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis in an upcoming feature film called The Woman King.
This comes soon after it was announced that Mbedu would be playing the lead in upcoming US series The Underground Railroad - making her the first South African to play the lead in a US series.
According to Deadline, The Woman King, a feature film which will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (director of the film The Old Guard), is a historical epic that follows two women in the military - one being the General and the other an ambitious recruit.
Mbedu is set to play Nawi, the military recruit.
“The depth and complexity of emotional life, her authentic beauty, and regalness is potent,” Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions said of Mbedu in a statement.
“We were mesmerized by Thuso Mbedu. We wanted Woman King / Nawi to be the vehicle to introduce her on the big screen.”
Prince-Bythewood described Mbedu as a ‘generational talent’.
“Thuso is a generational talent. Her craft, her work ethic, her depth, her passion inspired us all. She is a warrior.”
Taking to her Twitter page to share the news, Mbedu - who is a two-time International Emmy Award nominee - wrote: “Dream do come true”.
South Africans took to social media to share their excitement and pride over this milestone: