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By Edward Tsumele, CITYLIFE/ARTS Editor
Without a doubt she has represented South Africa well overseas since she left the country to ply her trade there, getting amazing film roles and winning awards.
I am talking about South African acting export Thuso Mbedu who is fast consolidating her foothold on Hollywood as an actress of substance. Alongside other South African entertainment talent that include Trevor Noah and of course DJ Coffee, who has snatched a Grammy earlier this year, Mbedu is representing South Africa well.
And now after snatching another major role in yet another Hollywood movie, many are understandably looking forward to its release soon and to hopefully witness Mbedu shine again.
The actress’ track record speaks for itself. Mbedu was nominated for an International Emmy for her role in the drama series Is’Thunzi. She appeared on the 2018 Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list. In 2021, she starred in the Amazon Video limited series The Underground Railroad among other achievements.
“The KwaZulu Natal Film Commission congratulates The Woman King on its imminent theatrical release. The KwaZulu Natal Film Commission congratulates The Woman King on its imminent theatrical release. Opening nationwide at cinemas on the 30th of September 2022, the film was shot in South Africa and around KZN, especially at Jozini.”
Inspired by true events that took place in “The Kingdom of Dahomey”, the historical epic film was written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) from an original screenplay co-written by Dana Stevens (Safe Haven) and Prince-Bythewood.
The film boast nominated and award-winning international stars headlined by Viola Davis (Fences); alongside a powerful cast comprising South Africa – KwaZulu Natal born Thuso Mbedu (The Underground Railroad); Lashana Lynch (No Time to Die); Sheila Atim (Bruised); John Boyega (Star Wars); Tony® award-winner, Adrienne Warren (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical); Jordan Bolger (Peaky Blinders); Hero Fiennes Tiffin (After we Fell); Jimmy Odukoya (Killing Eva); Masali Baduza (Noughts & Crosses); Jayme Lawson (The Batman); and Chioma Umeala (One Piece). Multiple Grammy award-winning, Singer, Songwriter Angelique Kidjo, plays the role of a Female Head of the Palace.
‘The Woman King’ is a compelling story about the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the wealthiest empires at the time and ‘Nanisca’ (Viola Davis), general of the all-female military unit known as the Agojie warriors, and her daughter ‘Nawi’ (Thuso Mbedu), who together fight the neighbouring tribes who violated their honour and enslaved their people.
The film is produced by Oscar® winner, producer Cathy Schulman (Crash), Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions; and Maria Bello of Jack Blue Productions. A The Sony TriStar Pictures’ motion picture.
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