Netflix is earning your subscription by announcing the production of their second original African series, mystery drama Blood & Water.

The Cape Town-set series is directed by South African director Nosipho Dumisa (Nommer 37) and produced by Bradley Joshua and Benjamin Overmeyer of Gambit Films. Daryne Joshua and Travis Taute are also on as co-directors and writers, with Simon Beesley as lead editor.

Ama Qamata stars as Puleng Khumalo, a 16-year-old who investigates the cold case of her abducted-at-birth older sister. Her search puts her in contact with someone from the nearby private school, Fikile “Fiks” Bhele, who is described as “beautiful” and “alluring.” Fiks will be played by newcomer Khosi Ngema in her debut role.

Two other characters Puleng comes across are bad boy heartthrob Karabo “KB” Molapo, played by Thabang Molaba, and Wendy Dlamimi, played by Natasha Thahane. KB might be popular at his high school, but he struggles to live up to his father’s high expectations. Wendy, on the other hand, is someone who is described as “opinionated” and “at times a bit too ‘woke.'” Puleng’s ally in her search is Wade, played by Dillon Windvogel. The remainder of the cast includes Gail Mabalane, Sello Maake, Arno Greef, Ryle De Morny, Getmore Sithole, Xolile Tshabalala, Sandy Schultz, Monique Rockman and Cindy Mahlangu.

Blood & Water presented us with the opportunity to bring a mixture of fresh new faces alongside seasoned actors,” said Dumisa, according to the official release. “After seeing hundreds of actors and newcomers from both Cape Town and Johannesburg, we’re excited to be a part of opening up the industry.”

Blood & Water will premiere globally in 190 countries on Netflix in 2020.


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