A few days after the official announcement for being casted in Star Wars: Episode VII, Lupita Nyong’o has signed on to star in and produce an adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah.
Many may not know, but Lupita was trained at the Yale School of Drama and is also a filmmaker, having served as the creator, director, editor and producer of the award-winning feature-length documentary “In My Genes,” about the treatment of Kenya’s albino population.
To create the film, Lupita will be partnering up with the same producers of 12 Years A Slave, D2 Productions, Brad Pitt’s company Plan B and Potboiler Productions. Together they’ve secured the rights to develop the book into a feature film.
Americanahte is the epic love story of Ifemelu and Obinze, young Nigerians whose romance spans continents, visas, phone cards and breakups. The film explores the cruelties and the humor of both the modern immigrant experience and the difficulty of finding your way home. The acclaimed novel was the winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was selected as one of the “Ten Best Books of the Year” by the New York Times Book Review, the BBC, and Newsday,” reports The Wrap.
“It is such an honor to have the opportunity to bring Ms. Adichie’s brilliant book to the screen. Page after page I was struck by Ifemelu and Obinze’s stories, whose experiences as African immigrants are so specific and also so imminently relatable. It is a thrilling challenge to tell a truly international story so full of love, humor and heart,” said Nyong’o.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the MacArthur Fellowship-winning author of the novels “Americanah,” “Purple Hibiscus” and “Half of a Yellow Sun,” the film adaptation of which is currently playing in select U.S. theaters.