Netflix Orders Its First Ever African Original Series


Netflix has sights on Africa.

According to South African publication IOL Entertainment, the streaming juggernaut will be developing Queen Sono, a dramedy starring Pearl Thusi (Quantico) about a top-level spy on a mission to improve the lives of South Africa’s citizens. While tackling her most dangerous mission, she must also deal with her personal relationships.

Netflix wants Queen Sono to join the ranks of their other iconic heroines.

“Taking talent like this and telling stories to the rest of the world puts Pearl in the same category as other strong female characters like Claire Underwood in “House of Cards” and Jessica Jones,” noted Netflix’s Vice President of International Originals Erik Barmack.

Netflix won’t be about that “one and done” life in Africa, either. The streaming platform plans to develop more projects set within the continent, as well.

“Over time our roots will get deeper in Africa and South Africa, and we’re moving pretty quickly to that now, and plan to invest more in local content,” Barmack continued.

Queen Sono will debut in 2019 and is set to be available for streaming in 190 countries.