Promotional release poster
|Created by||Kagiso Lediga|
|Country of origin||South Africa|
|Production company(s)||Diprente Films|
Queen Sono is an upcoming South African crime drama web television series created by Kagiso Lediga that is set to premiere on Netflix on February 28, 2020. The series stars Pearl Thusi, Vuyo Dabula, Sechaba Morojele, Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga, Rob Van Vuuren, Kate Liquorish, Khathu Ramabulana, Enhle Maphumulo, Abigail Kubeka, Connie Chiume, Otto Nobela and James Ngcobo. It is Netflix's first African original series.[a]
Queen Sono follows the story of a secret South African clandestine agent who tackles criminal operations while dealing with crises in her personal life.
Cast and characters
- Pearl Thusi as Queen Sono
- Vuyo Dabula as Shandu
- Sechaba Morojele as Dr. Sid
- Chi Mhende
- Loyiso Madinga
- Rob Van Vuuren
- Kate Liquorish as Ekaterina
- Khathu Ramabulana as William
- Enhle Maphumulo as Nova
- Abigail Kubeka as Mazet
- Connie Chiume
- Otto Nobela
- James Ngcobo
- Tuks Tad Lungu
On December 10, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a six-episode first season. The series is created by Kagiso Lediga who is credited as an executive producer alongside Tamsin Andersson. Lediga and Tebogo Malope will both direct the entirety of the first season. Diprente Films will be involved in the production of the series. The first season is set to be released on February 28, 2019.
Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Pearl Thusi would star in the lead role. On June 11, 2019, it was announced Vuyo Dabula, Sechaba Morojele, Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga, Rob Van Vuuren, Kate Liquorish, Khathu Ramabulana, Enhle Maphumulo, Abigail Kubeka, Connie Chiume, Otto Nobelaand James Ngcobo that had joined the cast.
Principal photography for the first season was originally scheduled to commence in April 2019. Filming for the first season took place on location in Johannesburg, South Africa, Lagos, Nigeria, Kenya and Zanzibar, Tanzania from June 2019 to August 2019.
On December 10, 2019, an announcement teaser trailer for the series was released by Netflix.
- Queen Sono was the first South African series commissioned by Netflix, but Shadow was streamed first on the service since Queen Sono is scheduled to premiere on February 28, 2020.
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