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Zozibini Tunzi bags acting debut on ‘The Woman King’, joins Thuso Mbedu

‘Forever grateful and looking forward’

19 January 2022 - 13:00 By Constance Gaanakgomo
Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi is heading to a movie set.
Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi is heading to a movie set.
Image: Supplied/ Miss SA

Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi has announced she has been cast for the star-studded American historical film The Woman King.

The former Miss SA is set to star alongside legendary American actress Viola Davis, John Boyega and Mzansi's own Thuso Mbedu.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, she revealed she has never set foot on a set and this will be an acting debut.   

“I am so honoured and excited to announce I have been cast for the film The Woman King (@womankingmovie). It is a completely new world and first time experience for me so I enter it with the utmost respect and humility. Forever grateful and looking forward.”

Congratulations started streaming in on her post, and industry colleagues flooded her comment section and told her they were beaming with pride for her recent win.

Zozi will join Mzansi star Masali Baduza and Oprah School Academy for Girls alumni Thando Dlomo.

Viola plays the lead role of Nanisca and Thuso plays co-lead in the role of Nawi. TriStar Pictures is in production. The release date of the film has not been announced. 

Grammy Award-winner Lebo M created five original songs for the film.

Actors Siv Ngesi and Seputla Sebogodi are also rumoured to have made the cut.

Actress Makgotso M reportedly also bagged a role as one of King Ghezo’s wives (played by John).

Thuso recently took to social media to throw water on allegations that Makgotso M got a part in the movie because they are friends.

Taking to Twitter, the star said she did not help her friend.

“Mak got a brief. She auditioned and got the role. I am very proud of umngani wami (my friend) because she deserves all that’s good that the world has to offer. All credit goes to her. No ladders here,” she tweeted.


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