The multi Emmy nominated South African actress has made history by scoring a lead role in a Hollywood series.
Thuso has been cast as Cora, the lead of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer award-winning novel The Underground Railroad. The series is directed by Oscar-winning director, Barry Jenkins for Amazon.
According to Variety, the project was set up two years ago after the acclaimed director’s Oscar wins for his blockbuster, Moonlight.
Mbedu will be starring alongside Chase W. Dillion (as Homer) and Aaron Pierre (as Caesar).
The 11-part series, which will air for an hour, chronicles the journey of young Cora (Thuso Mbedu) as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in Antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantations, she discovers a rumoured Underground Railroad with actual engineers, conductors and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath Southern Soil.
Mbedu could not hold her excitement about the news. She made the announcement on Wednesday and also posted a lyrics to a gospel song on Instagram.
@thuso.mbedu: 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.
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
Mbedu has starred on popular series, like Saints & Sinners, Is’Thunzi and recently, Shuga.