EXCLUSIVE: Bonnie Mbuli (Invictus) has been cast as a series regular opposite Giancarlo Esposito and Paula Malcomson in The Driver, AMC’s remake of the British drama series that is set to launch next year on AMC and AMC+.
The U.S. series comes from creators Danny Brocklehurst and Sunu Gonera and showrunner Theo Travers. It stars Esposito as Vince, a taxi driver whose life is turned upside down when he agrees to chauffer the New Orleans-based Zimbabwean gangster “The Horse” (Zackary Momoh), a man notorious for exploiting undocumented immigrants at the U.S. southern ports.
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Mbuli will play Shamiso Tongai, the Horse’s smart older sister. She’s wary of strangers and protective of her family’s operation, which she’s intricately involved in with a voice that becomes more powerful as the story progresses.
Esposito, Gonera, Brocklehurst, David Morrissey and Travers will executive produce alongside Josh Kesselman and Danny Sherman from Thruline and A+E Studios’ Barry Jossen and Tana Jamieson. The six-part series is produced by AMC Studios in association with A+E Studios and Thruline Entertainment.
Known for her role as the female lead in Phillip Noyce’s Catch a Fire, Mbuli most recently was a series regular on Noughts & Crosses on Peacock. Her other credits include NBC’s The Philanthropist, Clint Eastwood’s Invictus and a lead role in Wallander. Mbuli is repped by Thruline Entertainment, The Kohner Agency, The Artist Partnership and WMG Talent Rep in South Africa.
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