Netflix caught some flack over the weekend after it was reported the streaming behemoth shelled out a smooth $100 million to keep the 90s sitcom Friends. However, staying committed to original content IOL Entertainment reports Netflix will take on it first African series.
Titled Queen Sono, actress Pearl Thusi (pictured above at the 2019 Global Citizens festival) will star in the dramedy which finds Thusi portraying a spy motivated to help the lives of her South Africans, while dealing with highs and lows of a personal relationship.
Netflix’s Vice President of International Originals Kelly Luegenbiehl who’s in charge of content in Europe and Africa expressed excitement over Queen Sono.
“We love the team behind the show, [and] we’re passionate about coming in and doing something that feels fresh and different. It’s really exciting for us,” she said. “Their point of view and creating a strong female character was really something that also really drew us to it.
Erik Barmack, also with Netflix, said Queen Sono is just the first of many to depict life in Africa.
“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,” he said.