'Legacy': A dazzling local telenovela with a to-die-for ensemble cast

'Legacy': A dazzling local telenovela with a to-die-for ensemble cast

'Legacy', a dazzling local telenovela with a to-die-for ensemble cast Kgomotso Christopher, Michelle Botes, Mary-anne Barlow, Anton David Jeftha and Deon Lotz embodies a family at war with itself.

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First, M-Net took authentic South African story-telling to the next level with 'Trackers', the action-packed adaptation of Deon Meyer’s crime novel, which is taking the world by storm on HBO’s sister channel Cinemax. Hot on its heels came to the beautiful family saga 'Still Breathing'. Now, M-Net is expanding its slate of world-class series with more dynamite drama– this time in the form of a classy, first-of-its-kind South African telenovela called 'Legacy'. 

With startling storylines set in the fast-lane world of investment billionaires and a sterling, diverse cast, this new daily, designed for DStv’s Premium audience, is destined to become the talk of the town when it launches in September 2020.

This is the first time in many years that M-Net viewers can come home to the magic of a daily local drama. 'Legacy' is  M-Net 101’s very first telenovela.

'Legacy'’s locus of conflict is an upmarket investment empire that was established by Sebastian Price, the patriarch of the super-wealthy Price family, decades ago, when he was in his early twenties. Now he is a silver fox approaching retirement and it is clear that a family member will soon have to take over the reins. But who will it be? And, at what cost? Sebastian’s bitter ex-wife and ruthless first-born daughter will do whatever it takes to ensure that Sebastian's second wife, Dineo, does not push her playboy son into the position of CEO. 

Of course, the power struggle turns nasty. A witches’ brew of betrayal, secrets, lies and revenge.

Stepping into the roles of the current Mrs Price, Dineo, and Sebastian’s ex-wife, Angelique, a former lawyer who is now a woman of leisure, are two of South Africa’s most formidable leading ladies: Kgomotso Christopher and Michelle Botes, both known for creating unforgettable soap characters.  After a long stint on 'Isidingo'Kgomotso this year clinched a SAFTA award (her third) for her performance in 'Scandal'. She is cut out for the role of Dineo, a beautiful yet tragic second wife with a heart of gold beneath all the Gucci. Michelle rose to fame in the eighties with star turns in series like 'Arende' and 'Konings'and ruffled the feathers as At Koster’s wife in 'Binnelanders'. And who will ever forget how she called the shots as 'Isidingo'’s super-witch, Cherel de Villiers?

 In 'Legacy', Mary-anne Barlow will be the villain everybody loves to hate – Felicity, Sebastian’s eldest daughter. Mary-anne has proved her mettle in shows like 'Egoli', the British drama 'Wild At Heart' and 1 Magic’s 'The River', for which she scooped a Best Supporting Actress SAFTA award. 

The seasoned film, television and theatre actor Deon Lotz is 'Legacy'’s Sebastian. Deon had a starring role in 'Skoonheid' – South Africa’s Academy Award entry for 2011, and the first Afrikaans film to be shown at the Cannes film festival, where it won the Queer Palm Award. He also played government kingpin Kobie Coetsee in 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom', and boasts a long list of accolades for his work in kykNET films. 

The charming stud who will set the hearts aflutter with his dazzling good looks is Sebastian’s wastrel son, SJ. The role fits Anton David Jeftha like a glove. He has made international inroads in US series filmed in South Africa – most notably 'Strike Back', 'Homeland' and 'Dominion'. 

The rest of the cast will be announced in due course.

'Legacy' will be screened in September 2020 on M-Net Channel 101. DStv Premium viewers can also catch the series on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now. Follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net Website , and join the conversation with #LegacySA on Twitter (@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv) and Facebook (@MNet).

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