Global streaming service Netflix has announced the renewal of its first African original series, Queen Sono, for another season.
The first run of the six-part series follows Queen Sono, played by Pearl Thusi, who becomes an unconventional spy after the death of her mother and is devoted to protecting the people of Africa. Haunted by her past, she finds herself torn between her career and search for justice.
S2 will see Queen search for the truth as her newfound need for revenge takes her on a mission across Africa while dealing with her family’s past and her complicated love life.
The show, made by South Africa-based studio Diprente, is expected to go into production later this year. The cast also includes Vuyo Dabula, Sechaba Morojele, Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga, Rob Van Vuuren, Kate Liquorish, Khathu Ramabulana and Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa.
Director Kagiso Lediga said: “I am so excited by the appetite for African stories and that Netflix is continuing to partner with us to bring to life the next chapter of Queen’s story and showcase it to the world.”
Dorothy Ghettuba, head of African original series at Netflix, added: “The first season of Queen Sono marked the beginning of our journey to introduce the world to exciting stories that are made in Africa. It was an unprecedented representation of a strong female black lead in African television.
“In the first season of Queen Sono, we saw grit and glamour, strength and vulnerability, as well as the past and the present, converge into a powerful narrative that explored the complexities and nuances of the African experience.”
Executive producer Tamsin Andersson said: “We are thrilled to continue our production of Queen Sono S2 with Netflix. The hard work from S1 paid off and we’re excited that the brand is investing further in the growth of our local production team.’’
While Queen Sono is Netflix’s first script-to-screen original production on the continent, the streaming platform is gearing up to debut another African original globally, Blood & Water, a young-adult drama series set in Cape Town.
Although scheduled for release soon, no firm date has yet been announced.