South African actress Thuso Mbedu has just made history again. The star has scored a leading role in a Hollywood series. Mbedu was officially cast as Cora, the main character of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Underground Railroad.”
The star took to Instagram to share the news with her fans. In the post, she said, “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”.
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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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The series, which tells the story of three slaves who seek freedom from Southern plantations via the Underground Railroad, will premiere on Amazon and will consist of 11 episodes written and directed by Barry Jenkins.
Mbedu has also been nominated for an International Emmy and first made a name for herself on "Is’thuzi". She has also worked on "Generations The Legacy".
Many American publications like W Magazine and Variety have started referring to Mbedu as South Africa’s It Girl following the announcement.
Industry friends and friend took to different social media platforms to share her joy:
"WELL DESERVING !!!!!!!!! Congratulations Miss Mbedu !!!!!! Cannot wait to see you bring Cora to life!," wrote 'Isibaya' star Nomzamo Mbatha.
"CONGRATULATIONS @thuso.mbedu," commented the "A United Kingdom" star Terry Pheto
"Shining Shining Shining Shining ... yaaas ma yaaas ! Congratulations," commented "The River" star Larona Moagi.
"Can I find you and kiss you on the forehead and say congratulations," added reality TV star Lasizwe.
"BABY GIRL!!!!," commented actress and radio and personality Thando Thabethe.
"This is EPIC!!!!!!!!!!," wrote "Quantico" star Pearl Thusi.
"This is incredible,You deserve this and so much more!!!," commented "Isibaya" star Jessica Nkosi.IOL