AFDA Dean Diaan Lawrenson stars in first Afrikaans Netflix series Ludik

Aug 12, 2022 | News, Staff

Netflix will launch its first streaming television Afrikaans series on the 26 August. The series, called Ludik, created and written by AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Paul Buys and Annemarie van Basten, is a racy, skop, skiet en donder six-part series featuring South African-born Hollywood actor Arnold Vosloo in the lead role of Daan Ludik, alongside local heavyweight talents Diaan Lawrenson who stars as Anet Ludik, Rob van Vuuren plays Swys de Villiers and Zane Meas who plays Brigadier Davies.

“Ludik is the first ever Afrikaans six-part series made for Netflix. On the 26 of August it will have a global release to 190 countries and is translated 5 other languages. It is an honour to be part of an Afrikaans South African yet truly African series for the world – packed with action and loads of character drama. It was wonderful playing alongside Arnold Vosloo and the rest of the superb cast.” says AFDA Cape Town Dean and AFDA alumni Diaan Lawrenson.

“The series, ‘dubbed the next Ozark’, revolves around Ludik, who appears to be a salt-of-the-earth oke, styling himself as a wholesome family man running a successful furniture business. However, behind the veneer of respectability, Ludik is steeped in the underworld that sees him crossing paths with mobsters and murderers,” says Netflix.

“With his family in turmoil, jail time on the horizon and death imminent, Ludik must rely on both his old and new allies to prevail and save his everything. Ludik mixes knuckle-busting action, over-the-top Afrikaans humour and loads of twists from start to finish”.

The series was created by Rose and Oaks Media, with Anele Mdoda, AFDA alumnus Paul Buys, and Frankie Du Toit as executive producers and Ian Gabriel and Harold Holscher as directors.

If the show draws high numbers, there’s a chance of more seasons. “It’s one hell of a ride. I am definitely on board for Ludik 2 and 3. We always planned on 18 episodes so we’re good to go. People must just watch,”  said Arnold Vosloo to The Sunday Times

Watch the trailer here:

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