Having recently revealed that Bonko Khoza is leaving Showmax’s Original telenovela The Wife, it’s confirmed that actor Wiseman Mncube will play Mqhele in Season 3.
Wiseman is best known as Jama in Mzansi Magic’s (DStv Channel 161) drama series eHostela – a performance which earned him Best Actor in a TV Drama at the 2020 SAFTAs. He also plays Sibonelo in soapie Uzalo and he’ll star in the upcoming Showmax drama series Shaka iLembe.
“What actor wouldn’t want to be part of The Wife?” says Wiseman, who’s a fan of both the book and the telenovela. “Mqhele is a very interesting role and I’m in my element: there’s a lot to chew on and play off, from the love story to the anger and even the care. Bonko carried the role with so much respect and power,” explains Wiseman about his latest role, before adding “I’m not here to replace Bonko but to start my own journey as Mqhele and take things from where he left off and run with it in my own way.”
Inspired by author Dudu Busani-Dube’s bestselling book series Hlomu: The Wife, Season 3 of The Wife will be based on the third novel called Naledi His Love. Gaisang K Noge stars as doctor Naledi Montsho, who is in love with Mqhele’s brother Qhawe Zulu (2022 DStv Mzansi Magic Viewers’ Choice Rising Star winner Kwenzo Ngcobo), who is dubbed the Woolworths of men by fans.
Each season has focused on a different couple: Hlomu (Mbalenhle Mavimbela) and Mqhele in Season 1, Zandile (Khanyi Mbau) and Nkosana (Mondli Makhoba) in Season 2, and now Naledi and Qhawe.
“Wiseman is a versatile performer with multiple accolades; Mqhele and his madness are in safe hands,” says The Wife’s series producer Kamogelo Aphane. “Wiseman’s work ethic and command of Zulu will take Mqhele to new heights this season.”
Season 3 of The Wife starts production later this month and is set to launch on Showmax in November 2022.
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