Thuso Mbedu makes history with leading role in Hollywood series

International Emmy-nominated actress Thuso Mbedu is the latest local star to break into Hollywood.

Mbedu has officially been cast as Cora, the main character of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel “The Underground Railroad.”

READ: Thuso Mbedu scores second Emmy nomination

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’s love interest in the series Caesar will be played by Aaron Pierre, while Chase W. Dillon will portray Homer.

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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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Nomzamo Mbatha dragged for making Thuso Mbedu win ‘all about her’

Nomzamo Mbatha once again found her name on the Twitter trends list on Wednesday after she was dragged for her congratulatory message to Thuso Mbedu, in which she mentioned that she also auditioned for the same role.

Thuso was the toast of Mzansi on Tuesday evening when it was confirmed that she had scored the lead role, Cora, in Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Underground Railroad.

Nomzamo was one of the first to congratulate Thuso on the gig.

“When I auditioned and found out I was pinned for this role I couldn’t stop jumping with excitement. Now finding out that a deserving homegirl got it makes the loss so sweet! Congratulations, Thuso. I know you will do Cora so much justice. Barry Jenkins this is amazing!” she wrote.

But social media users thought Nomzamo’s joy was fake and that she was trying to make the announcement all about her.

She was also accused of being bitter and jealous.

While Nomzamo has since deleted the tweet, her team told TshisaLIVE it was sad to see people jumping to conclusions.

“It’s unfortunate that as people we choose to see the negative or take offence in how anyone does anything differently from what we think is the ‘right’ way. The saddest is the gleefulness and trigger happiness in running with character assassination of someone you don’t know personally,” Nomzamo’s US agent Krystal Thorp said.

Krystal also slammed the criticism.

“Anyone who personally knows Nomzamo Mbatha can attest to how genuine and loving a spirit she is. She harbours no ill-will towards anyone, is always on ready to lend a hand and congratulate. One of the few true genuine ones you’ll find, with her heart always on her sleeve.”

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