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Published: Sunday June 8, 2014 MYT 1:30:00 PM
Updated: Sunday June 8, 2014 MYT 10:09:40 AM

Lupita Nyong'o to star in and produce 'Americanah'

Lupita Nyong'o is pretty busy in Hollywood these days. -- AFP

Lupita Nyong'o is pretty busy in Hollywood these days. -- AFP

The award-winning actress and current Hollywood darling has a busy work schedule that runs until next year.

Who said Lupita Nyong’o would struggle in Hollywood after winning an Oscar for 12 Years A Slave? Just days after being cast in Star Wars: Episode VII, Nyong’o has signed on to star in and produce an adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah, it was announced recently.

Nyong’o, along with D2 Productions, Brad Pitt’s company Plan B and Potboiler Productions, has secured the rights to develop the book into a feature film.

Americanah 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 humour 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 “10 best books of the year” by the New York Times Book Review, the BBC, and Newsday.

“It is such an honour to have the opportunity to bring 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, humour and heart,” said Nyong’o.

Trained at the Yale School of Drama, Nyong’o made her feature debut in Steve McQueen’s Oscar-winning drama 12 Years A Slave, which was produced by Plan B. This summer she begins production on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII and she’ll also lend her voice to Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book.

Nyong’o 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.

Adichie is the MacArthur Fellowship-winning author of the novels Americanah, Purple Hibiscus and Half Of A Yellow Sun. — Reuters

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, Actress, Lupita Nyong'o, Movie, Film, Americanah, Brad Pitt

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