South African actress Thuso Mbedu is making her mark in Hollywood and we’re not surprised. The young actress bagged a lead role on American production The Underground Railroad at her first audition! This tells you a lot about how undeniable talented she is an actress.
The long-awaited 10-part series will be made available on Amazon Prime from May 14, with the local beauty starring as Cora Randall (Mbedu), a young woman chasing freedom in the antebellum South on the near-mythical “Underground Railroad”.
On her journey, she discovers actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. As she travels from state to state, Cora is relentlessly pursued by a bounty hunter, played by Joel Edgerton, who was never able to capture her mother when she left Cora behind years earlier.The series is an adaptation by Barry Jenkins from the book of the same name. The show also stars actors Chase W Dillon, Aaron Pierre, William Jackson Harper, Sheila Atim, Amber Gray, Peter de Jersey, Chukwudi Iwuji, Damon Herriman, Lily Rabe, Irone Singleton, Mychal-Bella Bowman, Marcus “MJ” Gladney jr, Will Poulter and Peter Mullan.
She told Dazed Magazine she auditioned for the role in 2018 while in New York for the Emmys. The 29-year-old was also recently named by Essence magazine as one of the “Young Black Hollywood Stars To Watch”.
Watch the trailer for “The Underground Railroad” below:
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