Months after illuminating screens on local series-gone-global ‘Trackers’, Thapelo Mokoena has joined ‘Bulletproof’, a hit drama series in the UK.
The star could not hold his excitement, confirming the news in a post on social media on Monday.
“The cat is out the bag. It’s our time! I am incredibly grateful and proud to be part of this amazing UK series special. I’m forever grateful for this incredible journey in the arts. Mission Take Africa to the World is well in progress,” he wrote.
Thapelo will light up the series alongside other stars like Ashley Walters, Noel Clarke and Vanessa Vanderpuye. The plot revolves around two cops attempting to explore the streets of East London.
Bulletproof has been compared to the film ‘Bad Boys’ and Thaps cheekily kidded that
“The Bad Boys of the UK are in SA!”.
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BULLET PROOF 3 🇬🇧🇿🇦🎬 • The cats out the bag. It’s our time! I am incredibly grateful & proud to be part of this amazing UK series special. • Im forever grateful for this incredible journey in the Arts. Mission Take Africa to the World is well in progress. • I’m starring on the biggest UK cop series along side @ashleywalters, @noelclarke & @vvbrownskin . An absolute honour. The BAD BOYS of the UK are in South Africa! • Thank you to the @skyone family & @vertigo_films for trusting me with this role. • From our amazing #Trackers series opening on @hbo @cinemax in the USA & @zdfmediathek in Germany in a few weeks, to being on day 2 of filming the UK series. God I see You 🙏🏾 • Clink in the link in bio to read up more about BULLETPROOF .Coming soon• A big thank you to my @boss family for dressing my character on the show. No better fit 🕴🏿 • The Power of Potential is in Process. A God Dream! #BulletProof #KeepMoving #KeepChasing #ThisIsAfrica #AfriCAN 🌍🇬🇧🇿🇦✊🏾
The surprising role comes weeks after Thapelo Mokoena featured in Trackers, adapted from the best selling book by South African writer Deon Meyer.
The series was available locally on M-Net and will screen in America and Germany in the coming weeks.
Speaking to Sunday Times a year ago, Thapelo said it was the ideal time for SA talent and stories to make their mark on the world.
“We have so many stories to tell that go beyond the usual stories of Mandela and the like,” he said. “What about the story of ‘Baby Jake’ Matlala or Miriam Makeba? What about Jomo Sono, who left his wedding to help Orlando Pirates win a football match? These are all interesting stories begging to be told.”