Budding Kenyan actress Laura Kariuki has been cast in a new major role in the feature film ‘Along For The ride’ that has been adapted for Netflix, based on Sarah Dessen’s 2009 novel of the same name.
Laura made her TV debut in the fourth season of Black Lightning where she appeared as a character called Jennifer. Before then, she graduated with a BFA in Acting from Oklahoma City University in May 2020. While in school, she garnered a couple of theatre credits including The Trojan Women, The Bluest Eye, The Submission, and Picnic.
Along For The Rode has already started filming. The story centers on a young woman named Auden, who’s spending the summer before college with her father and his new wife and child. It is a coming-of-age story.
Laura Kariuki is playing Maggie, Belmont Carmeli, who plays Jamie Spano in Peacock’s Saved by the Bell revival, is playing Eli. Superman Returns star Kate Bosworth will play Auden’s stepmom, Heidi, while Andie MacDowell, plays Auden’s super-smart mom, Victoria. Dermot Mulroney will play Auden’s dad, Robert. Other cast members announced include Genevieve Hannelius as Leah, Samia Finnerty as Esther, Paul Karmiyran as Adam, Marcus Scribner (Black-ish) as Wallace, and Ricardo Hurtado as Jake, Eli’s brother.
However, to watch Laura play Maggie on Netflix, Kenyans will now have to pay more as the Digital Service Tax that was signed into law earlier this year takes course.
Now, Kenyans who have the Premium package will be paying KSh 250 more from May 24th, the streaming giant announced on Monday.