Khanyi Mbau to show her 'dark side' in upcoming local thriller

Khanyi Mbau will take her acting career to new heights with a starring role in an upcoming thriller set for release later this year.

Khanyi‚ who starred in last year’s hit romantic comedy Love is a Four Letter Word‚ is set to play the lead role in the film‚ entitled The Red Room.

The thriller will be released in August and also stars Pakamisa Zwedala and Aubrey Poo.

According to the film’s producers Khanyi will play the role of a rich woman named Zama‚ who is kicked out onto the street‚ and into the dark world of human trafficking.

Khanyi‚ who has already started shooting scenes for the film told TshisaLIVE that the role has challenged her to step out of her comfort zone.

 “My role‚ and the film‚ are very different to anything I have done before. It shows my dark side and is a more meatier role. I found it challenging at first‚ but I am an actor and this is what I signed up for. Acting is my thing and so the role quickly became second nature to me‚” Khanyi said.

Khanyi said she first heard about the project last year and auditioned for the role because the film dealt with themes that fascinated her.

“It’s a thriller but it really delves into the psyche of a woman and the extremes they will go to in order to protect their family‚” she said.

Khanyi added that it was fascinating to play a role that showed how human beings could push their limits. “As an actress‚ I am always looking for a new way to express myself‚ to lose myself in a role‚ and I found that with this film. I’ve had so much fun shooting it.”