Award-winning South African actress and producer; Terry Pheto, has joined the cast of BAFTA Award winning Writer & Director, Amma Asante’s, new feature film “A United Kingdom”
The film stars Britain’s David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. Filming began in Botswana on October 10th of this year where Pheto is currently based. Pheto joins a star studded cast which sees both Oyelowo and Pike coming off awards season buzz for their films Selma and Gone Girl, respectively, Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Arnold Oceng (Adulthood), Jack Lowden (‘71) and Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey).
Amma Asanta who is well known for her much praised 2013 drama Belle. took to Twitter to express her sentiments about Terry Pheto joining the cast, which read: “I have adored @TerryPheto ever since she wowed in Tsotsi. We welcome her to the cast of @AUKFilm #AUnitedKingdom”
— Amma Asante (@AmmaAsante) October 9, 2015
The film is based on the true story of Seretse Khama – Botswana’s first president – with Rosamund Pike playing Ruth Williams, the young white office worker who would eventually become his wife, and the inaugural First Lady of Botswana. The pair met in 1947 and eventually made headline news all over the world, after falling in love and getting married, while Seretse Khama was an heir to the chieftainship of the bamaNgwato people in Botswana. Their son Ian Khama, is currently the president of Botswana.
The film is reportedly being made with the cooperation of the Khama family.
They issued the following statement regarding the project: “We are pleased that the story of Sir Seretse Khama and Lady Khama is being brought to life in the film A United Kingdom by Pathe. Our family has been regularly involved in development of this film so far, having collaborated closely with the screenwriter Guy Hibbert in what we believe is a wonderful script. We are equally pleased that David Oyelowo will lead the cast as Seretse.”