Lupita Nyong'o and Brad Pitt reunite for Americanah
Story by Jack Foley
OSCAR-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is to re-team with Brad Pitt on an adaptation of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acclaimed novel Americanah.
The two last worked together on the award-winning 12 Years A Slave.
Nyong’o is to star in and produce the film, which will be made by Brad Pitt’s company Plan B.
Americanah follows the story of two Nigerians who fall in love but find themselves separated by immigration issues.
In book form, it won the prestigious US National Book Critics’ Circle Award in 2013 and was selected as one of the 10 best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, the BBC and Newsday.
In a statement, Nyong’o said it was an “honour 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,” she continued. “It is a thrilling challenge to tell a truly international story so full of love, humour and heart.”
Another of Adichie’s novels, Half of a Yellow Sun, was recently turned into a film starring another of Nyong’o‘s 12 Years co-stars, Chiwetel Ejiofor.
In what is proving to be a busy period for Nyong’o, she has also been cast in the latest Star Wars film. Read more
Next story: Josh Trank to direct stand-alone Star Wars movie