Rising young actress Imani Pullum has graced not only the Broadway stage, but she is quickly becoming one of the most sought after faces of Tinseltown as well. Pullum has appeared in the third season of Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville: New Horizons, she’ll be seen in the upcoming Apple TV+ thriller Emancipation, she’s appeared on the TV series, All That and many more. Recently, the good news was announced that Pullum will star in the upcoming Amazon Freevee coming-of-age drama by Queen Sono creator Kagiso Lediga.
In untitled eight-episode project, which is a joint venture between Skybound Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television, and Johannesburg-based producer Diprente, Pullum will portray the lead role of Ella Garder.
Although we don’t quite have a title as of yet, we do have a summary of the action per Deadline.
Created by Lediga, the coming-of-age drama follows 15-year-old Ella, a student at a public school in Oakland, California. Gifted with a flowing tongue, Ella is a weaver of yarns. A skateboarder with a skillful street style, she is a firebrand—defiant and rebellious in nature. Arrested at a protest and facing serious jail time, Ella avoids incarceration thanks to her stepmother, Dianne, who has connections in high places. As part of the deal, Ella must leave her home in California and spend the remainder of her secondary education with her father and Dianne in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ella’s world is turned upside down as she navigates a very different reality than the one she has known.
And of course, the Queen Sono creator had nothing less than praise for his young leading lady.
“It’s exciting to build this truly original story with such fresh and complex characters, and I’m blown away by the intelligence and vulnerability that Imani brings to Ella,” Lediga said to Deadline. “We’re thrilled to go on this journey with her.”
The series is currently in pre-production with hopes to begin filming towards the end of the year. Congratulations, Imani! We cannot wait to see this new venture of yours come to fruition.
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