Netflix’s new African spy thriller hopes to take the world by storm
Queen Sono, an African original series commissioned by Netflix, is due out in February Queen Sono, an African original series commissioned by Netflix, is due out in February London (CNN)If you’re tired of the Bond formula, Queen Sono may be the spy you’ve been waiting to binge-watch. In this Netflix series, due for global release February 28, Pearl Thusi plays a dazzling secret agent trying to uncover the truth about her mother’s assassination while also protecting her country.
“Queen Sono” is the first original African series commissioned by Netflix (NFLX), part of an effort by the streaming service to increase its appeal to viewers there, analysts say. Netflix seeks to expand in Africa as it nears “a saturation point” for subscriptions in many developed markets, says Constantinos Papavassilopoulos, an associate director at market research firm IHS Markit.
‘Showcasing an African aesthetic’
“Queen Sono” is “a kaleidoscope of expression of African artistry” says Dorothy Ghettuba, head of International Originals for Africa at Netflix. “It showcases an African aesthetic onscreen that the rest of the world has never had a chance to see … exploring the origins of contemporary trends through African eyes and the breadth of ideas that this vast continent has to offer.”