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SA Actress Scores Lead Role In Amazon's 'Underground Railroad' Series

It has been announced that two-time Emmy-nominated South African actress, Thuso Mbedu will be leading an American cast in an upcoming Amazon series, Underground Railroad.

Mbedu was the winner of an award at last year’s South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) for her lead role in the South African drama Is'Thunzi. She also received her second Emmy nomination for that same role earlier this year.

Mbedu took to Instagram to announce to her fans that she had “got the job".
She added that the events leading up to this moment had been fantastic. Mbedu said that just preparing to audition for the role helped her grow in many ways as an actress.

According to Variety, plans to bring out the Underground Railroad series, which was created by Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins, began approximately two years ago.

The series, which has 11 episodes, will follow the life of Cora (Mbedu), a slave who escapes from a hard life in a Georgia plantation to search for freedom and the "mythical" Underground Railroad which helped many African-American slaves escape to what were at the time considered to be “free states”.
However, Cora soon realises that the “folk tale” of the underground tracks and tunnels is no myth at all.

Mbedu will star alongside Chase Dillon who currently has a role in the BET series First Wives Club and Aaron Pierre who just recently wrapped up the second season of the series, Krypton.

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