Hungani Ndlovu

Former ‘Scandal!’ actor Hungani Ndlovu. Image: Supplied

From ‘Scandal!’ to silver screen: Hungani Ndlovu stars in ‘The Ring of Beasts’

Hungani Ndlovu stars in ‘The Ring of Beasts’ which will premiere at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival in July.

Hungani Ndlovu

Former ‘Scandal!’ actor Hungani Ndlovu. Image: Supplied

Actor and choreographer Hungani Ndlovu, who played the role of Romeo in Scandal!, has secured a role in the short film, titled The Ring of Beasts.

The Ring of Beasts is 28-minute short film and Adriano Miguel’s directorial debut. The short film will make its international debut at the prestigious Los Angeles International Short Film Festival from 1 to 31 July.

‘The Ring of Beasts’ part of After Rift era project

Production company Kingdom Kome developed this short as an “abstraction of a much larger project, part of a world of stories known as the After Rift era”.

“An abstraction for me is a way to take a sneak peak into the bigger world and bigger story, without compromising the integrity of the smaller version so it can still stand on its own two feet. I’m always amazed by what filmmakers can put into a few minutes. I have no doubt the competition is going to be top notch, but to be among them at LA Shorts shows that we’re taking a step in the right direction towards our goal of making content that can be featured, enjoyed and taken to market at an international level with the best in the biz. We’re just getting started. Wait till you see the what this little Beast grows up to be.”

Writer and producer Cameron Scott

Hungani Ndlovu to star alongside Jonathan Pienaar

The actor announced the news on his Instagram account two days ago.

Ndlovu will play the role of Remus, starring alongside Jonathan Pienaar (Blood Diamond), Brumilda van Rensburg (Egoli), Cameron Scott (The Kissing Booth 3), Sandi Schultz (Trackers), Bonko Khoza (The Mauritanian) Izel Bezuidenhout (Dis Ek Anna).

He will also star alongside his former Scandal! co-star Charlie Bouguenon who will step into the role of Xandadou in The Ring of Beasts. Bouguenon still plays the role of Timothy in Scandal!.


Bouguenon and Ndlovu also worked together earlier this year in a play titled Pass Over at The Market Theatre.

Ndlovu said the storyline and the poetry of Pass Over were what drew him to the play. He added that, as a black man, he also resonated with the play which commemorated Black History Month in the US. 

The play aimed to inspire South Africans to have open discussions about race and police brutality.

‘The Ndlovus Uncut’

Ndlovu is married to his former co-star Stephanie Sandowns who played the role of Ingrid on Scandal! 

The Ndlovus started their own YouTube channel, The Ndlovus Uncut, last year after their highly publicised exit from the show. soapie ‘Scandal!’

Fans of the actor are still hoping for him to return to Scandal! where he played the role of Romeo Medupe

According to #etvScandal on Twitter, the show hasn’t been the same since the actor exited the show last year.   

Though the reason for Ndlovu’s departure is still unclear at this point, the show released a media statement, confirming that the actor wasn’t fired from the show.

 “There’s a published article circulating around that Hungani is leaving the show. As #etvScandal, we’re disputing every allegation stated in the article. Hungani has not been fired by production. We’re happy with his excellent professionalism and work ethic.