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Heart Of The Hunter: Is It Coming To Netflix? Everything We Know

Heart Of The Hunter

Heart of the Hunter is a South African film in the crime thriller genre with a sprinkling of suspense in it. It is helmed by Mandlakayise Walter Dube who had previously bagged a SAFTA award for directing the 2022 film Silverton Siege. Ever since it was announced, the film has been able to generate a lot of buzz and excitement among fans.

If you have been wondering about this Netflix film’s release date, its cast members, and other details, this article is for you so read on.

What Is Heart of the Hunter All About?

Heart of the Hunter is based on the eponymous book by Deon Meyer. The book had earned an award at the Deutsche Krimi Preis and was also listed in the Dublin Literary Award. In 2004, The Chicago Tribune also named it as one of the best books in the thriller genre.

What Is Heart of the Hunter All About?
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The film follows the story of a guy named Zuko Khumalo (played by Bonko Khoza) who is trying to protect his family. As the story progresses, he transitions into something else and ends up trying to stop a politician, who is corrupt, from becoming the President of South Africa. On the surface, Zuko seems like a regular guy. But he also has a mysterious past riddled with violence.

Heart of the Hunter is set in South Africa right after the democratic rights were established. The screenplay of the film is written by Deon Meyer and Willem Grobler. The film is slated to premiere on March 29th, 2024 on Netflix.

Who Is In The Cast?

Bonko Khoza is portraying the main character of Zuko Khumalo in Heart of the Hunter. Apart from him, the film also stars many other actors from South Africa including Connie Ferguson (as Molebogeng Kwena), Masasa Mbangeni (Malime Mambi), Deon Coetzee (Mike Bressler), Tim Theron (Tiger de Klerk), Peter Butler (Johnny Klein), Sisanda Henna (Daza Mtima), Connie Chiume (Thandiwe Makeba), Nicole Fortuin (Naledi Gumede), Sisanda Henna (Daza Mtima) and Wanda Banda (Allison Baloyi).

Who Is In The Cast?
Credits: Netflix

Do We Have A Trailer?

Yes, the makers of Heart of the Hunter released its much-awaited official trailer on March 11th. The nearly two-minute-long trailer provides a glimpse into the world of this story which is set in South Africa. It opens with a biker moving fast on an empty road.

The voice-over narrates: ‘I told you I’m done with that life. But it’s not done with you.’ We then cut to a stealth mission where a bunch of people are capturing a guy at his house. He is named Johny Klein.

This scene is followed by some really interesting montage shots of Zuko as well as the corrupt politician he is trying to stop. Zuko says that he needs to stop Mtima from becoming the next President of the country. A man tells him, ‘You are the last man standing. It has to be you.’ Zuko then tells his wife that he will have to move out of town for a few days but doesn’t tell her the reason behind it.

Zuko then goes on this dangerous mission, risking his own life and safety, to stop the politicians and people in power. In return, he plans to get back the life he always wanted. Towards the end, we see several chase sequences, gun fights as well as some stunning shots from the film.

All this helps in generating a lot of excitement for the Netflix film. The trailer is well-edited and consists of all the money shots from the film. Without giving away too much of the plot, it is able to give a glimpse into the world of Heart of the Hunter.


In the last few years, we have seen some really interesting films and shows coming out from South Africa. With support from Netflix, the makers in the country are able to tell exciting stories on an impressive production budget. The trailer has been able to create much-needed hype for the film and it’s sure shot that it will enjoyed not just in South Africa, but across the globe.

The film deals with issues of corruption. But that’s just a surface-level theme since the film is essentially about a man trying to save his family. This is an emotion that people can relate to irrespective of their language and culture.

One of the strongest suits of the film is its source material. The book it’s based on has a separate and strong fan followers who enjoyed it years ago when it came out. The novel is a big name in the circle of literature and readers and it will help the film is generating some audience.

Looking at the trailer, it seems that Heart of the Hunter is going to be a faithful adaptation of the loved book. It will be particularly interesting for people who have enjoyed the book to witness their favorite world getting a life on screen. On the other hand, people who haven’t read the book will also equally enjoy it since they won’t have a reference and will enjoy the story for what it is.

It is exciting to see more content coming from not just the United States and European countries. By this, the entertainment industries of these countries, in this case South Africa, will also be able to grow and compete with films and shows on a global scale.

Heart of the Hunter is one of the most awaited films of this year mainly due to its interesting plot and the source material. The trailer has been well received and fans are now waiting eagerly for the film to drop on Netflix. It is for everyone but fans of the action and suspense thriller genre will particularly love every second of it. We can wait for more updates about the film in the following weeks.

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