Netflix to debut first Afrikaans title
Global streaming platform Netflix has announced the launch date for its first Afrikaans title, Ludik.
Set to premiere on the US-owned platform on August 26, Ludik tells the story of a wholesome family man who runs a successful furniture business. Plunged into the underworld and faced with mobsters, murderers, jail time, death and family turmoil, he must rely on both his old and new allies to prevail.
The six-part series is a mix of knuckle-busting action, OTT Afrikaans humour and lots of plot twists. It features South African-born Hollywood actor Arnold Vosloo (Silvertone Siege) in the title role and local heavyweight talent Rob Van Vuuren, Diaan Lawrenson and Zane Meas.
Ludik is produced by Johannesburg-based Rose & Oaks Media, executive produced by Anele Mdoda, Paul Buys and Frankie Du Toit, directed by Ian Gabriel and Harold Holscher and created by Paul Buys and Annemarie Van Basten.
The news comes soon after Netflix unveiled South African drama Justice Served, a six-episode series that follows a high-stakes drama unfolding in a hijacked South African courtroom.
Produced by Meraki Studios of Johannesburg in association with Ochre Media, the show stars Hlomla Dandala, Motshabi Tyelele, Jack Devnarain, Lerato Mvelase and Pallance Dladla. It debuts on Netflix on July 29.