Thuso Mbedu has yet again made South Africans proud as she announced that she would be starring in an American TV series.
The actress made news as publications like Variety reported that she would play a lead role in Barry Jenkins’s adaptation of The Underground Railroad. Jenkins co-wrote the academy award-winning film Moonlight.
Mbedu who cemented her name in the local industry while playing Winnie in the Mzansi Magic drama Is’thunzi is constantly changing the game.
According to reports Mbedu will play, Cora, the main character of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. Cora is part of a trio of slaves who attempt to escape the plantations of the American South. The Underground Railroad will consist of 11 one-hour episodes written and directed by Jenkins, who will be directing an entire television series for the first time.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Thuso shared her joy at finally being able to share the news and just how excited she was.
“My thumb and neurons are failing me right now so I’ll just do as most South Africans do when this happens: I got the job! It was such an amazing process and experience. Like, true story, just prepping to audition for this role made me grow so much. It’s such a blessing and honour to tell this story… Again, words fail me so I’ll stop there for now,” she wrote on her Instagram.
South Africans took to Twitter to celebrate the achievement;
Award-winning South African artist & two-time Emmy Nominee #thusombedu has once again astonished us all by becoming the 1st South African actress to lead an American series. Not only has she elevated our art, she is an inspiration for young & old to never stop pursuing greatness pic.twitter.com/XjDSeRz7Uy
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