Thuso Mbedu will play the lead role in Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad at Amazon.

The stars of The Underground Railroad, directed by Barry Jenkins for Amazon have been announced. SA’s Thuso Mbedu is one of three lead actors cast in the upcoming series based on a Colson Whitehead book with the same name.  Thuso is set to play the character of Cora while Chase W. Dillon and Aaron Pierre will play Homer and Caesar.  Per reports from Variety, Jenkins has given the main roles of Cora, Homer, and Caesar, three slaves who seek freedom from Southern plantations via the Underground Railroad, to actors who are relatively new to American audiences. The series will consist of 11 one-hour episodes written and directed by Jenkins.

Who is Thuso Mbedu?

I first discovered Thuso Mbedu on my all time favourite South African Soap; Scandal in 2015 when she played the carefree rich girl Kitso.  Ever since then her career has only gone from strength to strength with landing roles on shows such as Is’thunzi- in which she received an international Emmy Award nomination for her role both last year AND this yearLiberty, and MTV Shuga – the TV series of 2018 in SA, if you have not watched it you are missing out! Thuso was also featured on the cover of Forbes Africa’s annual 30 under 30 issues highlighting young African stars and leaders.

Mbedu may not be very well known to the American audiences but as of now she is one of the biggest stars in South Africa already despite only having begun her acting career four years ago, when Mbedu stars in The Underground Railroad she’ll make history as the first South African actress to lead an American television series. #blackgirlmagic

Mbedu already has a large social media following, and her popularity in the United States is only going to skyrocket once audiences see her portrayal of Cora in The Underground Railroad. With over 800,000 followers on Instagram, it’s clear that Mbedu has become one of South Africa’s It girls, now making her way to New York for the International Emmy Awards and eventually heading to Hollywood. This year is really her year, she did not come here to play!


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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

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