M-Net has already revealed that its first telenovela, Legacy, will revolve around a super-rich clan portrayed by stunning actors such as Deon Lotz, Kgomotso Christopher, Mary-anne Barlow and Michelle Botes, and young dreamboat Anton David Jeftha.
No telenovela set in the upper echelons of society will be complete without a strong counterpoint – a down-to-earth family faced with the harsh realities of staying afloat against a tide drama and disappointments. Enter the Potgieters.
Trix Vivier from Trackers, easy-on-the-eye Sean-Marco Vorster and stalwart Dawid Minnaar are the Potgieters.
Patriarch Willem Potgieter is a recovering alcoholic who bears the scars of the Border War, which drove him to the bottle. His ego is bruised, his future looks bleak and, having lost his job as a technician at the energy company, he couldn't ensure optimum care for his wife after she was admitted to a public hospital with terminal breast cancer. In this role viewers will find a legend of the Afrikaans film, TV and theatre industries, Dawid Minnaar. Older TV audiences first encountered his incredible talent as the leading man in iconic series like Konings and Torings. These days, he adds gravitas to kykNET series such as Binnelanders, Waterfront and Swartwater, and he played key roles in landmark recent Afrikaans films like Poppie Nongena, Kanarie and Dis ek, Anna.
But the explosive drama that follows is sparked by Willem’s son and daughter, Stefan and Petra, whose lives become entwined with those of the Prices. Sexy and dangerous Stefan left the police force under nebulous circumstances and is now working as Sebastian Price’s limo driver. Petra is beautiful, young, idealistic and, in the parlance of our times, “woke" … and jobless. But, as we all know, anything can change quickly in a telenovela, as in life itself.
Trix Vivier, who captured the imagination as feisty Flea in M-Net’s massive hit Trackers, which is currently screened all over the world on HBO’s sister channel Cinemax, returns as young romantic lead Petra. Her on-screen brother is portrayed by Sean-Marco Vorster, who set hearts aflutter in the Huisgenoot film Vergeet my nie and the kykNET series Alles Malan.
“Legacy boasts a superb cast,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “The Prices and Potgieters will be surrounded by several lovable – or dodgy – characters, which M-Net will introduce in due course.”