Thuso Mbedu has become the latest local star to make it big on the international stage. The actress has been cast as Cora, the main character of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad, which is to be made into a series on Amazon.
Mbedu announced the news on her Instagram account where she said, “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.”
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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. Read the full article on @variety .com #chapter27 #becomingthepromise 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 – @hillsongunited
Variety magazine has announced her success saying, “Mbedu is an established star in her native South Africa. She is known for roles in shows such as Is’thunzi, Liberty, and Shuga. In both 2018 and 2019 she received an International Emmy Award nomination for her role in Is’thunzi. Also in 2018, Mbedu was featured on the cover of Forbes Africa’s annual ‘Under 30’ issue highlighting young African stars and leaders.”
The Underground Railroad tells the story of a slave named Cora in America’s deep south who escapes and makes a desperate bid for freedom through the famed “Underground railroad”.
The series also stars Chase W. Dillon as Homer, and Aaron Pierre as Caesar.