Thuso Mbedu makes history with leading role in Hollywood series

Thuso Mbedu, nominated for best performance by an actress in Is'thunzi attends the 45th International Emmy Awards at New York Hilton on November 20, 2017 in New York City.


JOHANNESBURG - 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.”

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