Cape Town, Benedikt Sebastian plays a rogue cop in a new superhero TV series, ‘Jongo’, that has kicked off its first season on Etv, Tuesdays at 8.30pm. Produced by Johannesburg-based film and television studio, Motion Story, Written and Co-Directed by international best- selling novelist Gareth Crocker the series is already hailed as a game-changer for continental African TV content, its the first of its kind – the world’s first African superhero television series.
The 8-episode first season which was shot mostly in Johannesburg centres around Eli King (Pacou Mutombo) who acquires supernatural abilities after discovering an alien crystal in a cave at the ‘Cradle of Humankind’. As Eli tries to deal with the death of his father, he sets out to find the men responsible – indelibly altering the course he is on. What Eli is not aware of is that the the men he is hunting have their own crystals and only need his stone to fulfill an ancient, devastating prophecy. One that will threaten the lives of millions – the perfect premise for a superhero series.
Katlego Baaitse plays Eli’s best friend Kay; Pauline Zwane plays his girlfriend Maya, and Luthuli Dlamini is Noah, the head of an agency that protects the planet from alien activity. Benedikt Sebastian’s character, Mr Stone, is a police detective and bomb expert gone rogue who basically takes care of all the dirty work, but has his own agenda brewing. On preparing for the role, Sebastian said: ‘It is a wonderful opportunity to play a villainous character – an actor’s dream. It gives you the chance to explore and challenge yourself. I was very privileged to be selected and form part of this talented cast.’
Speaking to Screen Africa, writer and director of “Jongo,” Gareth Crocker, said: “We knew from the outset that we wanted to do something quite different from the other shows currently on air in this genre. We wanted to ensure authenticity – to produce something that people can connect with. In casting, we specifically sought out people who are closely aligned to the characters we’ve written.” The series is executive produced by Chris Lawrance, and produced by Phillip Wolmarans. Fred Wolmarans co-directed along with Gareth Crocker.
Benedikt Sebastian is a well-known actor who has appeared in several recent projects including the feature film Blood and Glory (Modder en Bloed) currently at cinemas nationwide; Aladdin, a children’s television series for BBC; as well as forming part of the star-studded theatre cast of industry heavyweight Hennie van Greunen’s theatre production ‘Pa’ which is an adaptation of French playwright, Florian Zeller’s award-winning play ‘Le Pere’, for its premier at KKNK this year.
About Motion Story Motion Story is an independent television and film studio based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Having established itself as a leading production company for iconic brands such as Mercedes Benz, Investec and PwC, the company changed focus after international author and screenwriter, Gareth Crocker, joined the studio in 2014. For more information, visit motionstory.co.za.
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