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South African actress Thuso Mbedu to star in American biopic: The Underground Railroad

South African actress Thuso Mbedu to star in American biopic: The Underground Railroad

South African trailblazer, Thuso Nokwanda Mbedu, is taking the international acting scene by storm after the Emmy-nominated thespian landed a starring role in a production depicting the African-American struggle to escape slavery. The project is based on Colson Whitehead’s best-selling novel, which has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has adapted the novel into a limited historical drama for Amazon Prime. Meilan Solly brings light to the adaptation’s arrival amid a national reckoning on systemic injustice and brutality as well as renewed activism against the cultural killings of black lives in America.

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