Sometime ago, we came into a conclusion that this year 2019, Africa will take over Hollywood and our predictions are slowly manifesting as the 365 days roll by. 27-year-old South African actress Thuso Mbedu is the latest star to get a huge Hollywood deal that is causing huge celebration on Twitter.
The young and beautiful actress popular for her roles in Is’thunzi, Shuga and IsiBaya will star alongside Hollywood actors and actresses in an Amazon series based on the adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Underground Railroad.
According to Variety, the novel was adapted by African American film director, producer, and screenwriter Berry Jenkins who handpicked Thuso Mbedu for the role.
News of the breakthrough hit social media on Tuesday, March 16, as several celebrities and fans congratulated Thuso Mbedu on the amazing leap in her career. Thuso Mbedu herself took to her Instagram to share the great news.
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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. Read the full article on @variety .com #chapter27 #becomingthepromise God of creation There at the start Before the beginning of time With no point of reference You spoke to the dark And fleshed out the wonder of light And as You speak A hundred billion galaxies are born In the vapor of Your breath the planets form If the stars were made to worship so will I I can see Your heart in everything You’ve made Every burning star A signal fire of grace If creation sings Your praises so will I God of Your promise You don’t speak in vain No syllable empty or void For once You have spoken All nature and science Follow the sound of Your voice And as You speak A hundred billion creatures catch Your breath Evolving in pursuit of what You said If it all reveals Your nature so will I I can see Your heart in everything You say Every painted sky A canvas of Your grace If creation still obeys You so will I – @hillsongunited
The award-winning actress and International Emmy Awards nominee will play the role of Cora with Chase W. Dillon as Homer, and Aaron Pierre as Caesar. The Hollywood series will follow Cora’s journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil.
The Amazon series will be in 11 episodes all an hour each. Dates are not yet out as to the release of the series but anticipation is high and the countdown is already on.
In a movie industry where there are few black leads talk less female black leads, seeing an African woman take the lead in a huge Hollywood production is more than a trending story but a part of history being made.