- Mzansi author Lauren Beukes has confirmed that Leonardo DiCaprio will produce a series based on her 2013 best-selling novel The Shining Girls
- MRC Television and the Hollywood star's company had reserved the right to make the series before the book was published
- Shooting of the series, starring Elisabeth Moss, will probably only start next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic
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Leonardo DiCaprio will produce a series based on South Africa's 2013 best-selling novel The Shining Girls. Mzansi author Lauren Beukes confirmed the good news.
Lauren said she was excited to have her book turned into an international series. She said the Hollywood star's company and MRC Television reserved the rights to make the series before the book was published.
It centres on a depression era drifter who is on a mission to hurt “shining girls" - bright young women filled with potential. According to TshisaLIVE, the series will star Elisabeth Moss as the Chicago reporter who survived and starts hunting for her attacker.
"Development takes a long time. Most books that are optioned never make it to screen. It’s about chemistry and finding the right talent, in this case show runner Silka Luisa, a phenomenal young writer who wrote a killer pilot which piqued the interest of Elizabeth, who came on board last year to star and be an executive producer."
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Lauren said shooting will probably only start in the middle of next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She said she hopes her deal will inspire more international companies and networks to take a look at Mzansi talent.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Cassper Nyovest recently took to social media to praise Tsholofelo Matshaba's acting skills on The River. The rapper said he was moved by the scene where the actress spoke at the memorial service of a character named Ntsizwa.
Tsholofelo, who plays the role of Kedibone on the telenovela, gave a moving speech about standing up to Mzansi's inadequate health system. The Amademoni hitmaker had no choice but to stan Tsholofelo's powerful performance in that scene. Cass wrote:
"Today's episode of #TheRiver1Magic was brilliant! The scene where ous Kedibone spoke at the memorial service had me in tears! Activism through acting and drama. This show is just amazing man! Love it!"
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