By Tamlyn Canham
South African Thuso Mbedu just bagged a new role alongside Oscar winner Viola Davis.
According to Deadline, Thuso will star in TriStar Pictures’ upcoming feature film, ‘The Woman King’.
“The depth and complexity of emotional life, her authentic beauty, and regalness is potent. We were mesmerized by Thuso Mbedu. We wanted Woman King / Nawi to be the vehicle to introduce her on the big screen,” Deadline quoted Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions as saying.
Viola also took to Instagram to praise Thuso.
“Very excited!! Thrilled to have this bright young star.” she wrote.
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The movie’s director, Gina Prince-Bythewood, described Thuso as a warrior.
“Thuso is a generational talent. Her craft, her work ethic, her depth, her passion inspired us all and I cannot wait to play. She is a warrior.”
The KwaZulu-Natal-born actress says she is honoured to star in the film.
“Dreams do come true,” she tweeted.
So this happened.
Dreams do come true. pic.twitter.com/neJnBtuS5C
— тнU§σ Mвє∂u (@ThusoMbedu) April 28, 2021
Two-time iEmmy nominee
Thuso’s star is rising in Hollywood. She currently plays a lead role in ‘The Underground Railroad’.
The Amazon Prime series, which debuts in May, is directed by Oscar Barry Jenkins.
The series is based on Colson Whitehead’s award-winning book of the same name.
Thuso plays Cora – a slave who works on a plantation in Georgia.
Before taking on the lead role, Thuso was nominated for two international Emmy (iEmmy) awards for her role in local drama, ‘Is’thunzi’.
Social media reaction
South Africans couldn’t contain their excitement after news of Thuso’s role opposite Viola Davis broke.
#ThusoMbedu was trending at number one on Twitter on Thursday morning.
Here’s a look at what some of them had to say.
Thuso Mbedu & Viola Davis. What a time to be alive!!!??????♥️♥️♥️ pic.twitter.com/IZcAOHVZXm
— Terry Pheto (@TerryPheto) April 28, 2021
When grace locates you,it breaks protocol.
Thuso Mbedu is raw talent,from MTVShuga,Isthunzi to global recognition.. She deserves all and everything coming her way,She must collect it all. ??????? pic.twitter.com/p5MeNv7R4i
— Melanin Monroe (@ZandileThys1734) April 28, 2021
South African actress Thuso Mbedu to star opposite Viola Davis in 'The Woman King'. Black child it's possible, congratulations Thuso ? pic.twitter.com/offIm2jndF
— Zethu? ? (@MsNtfulini) April 28, 2021
Thuso Mbedu. That's the tweet?❤️ pic.twitter.com/YEk3cO2Kkw
— Naledi wa Erica???? (@naledi_46) April 28, 2021