According to reports by Variety, Oscar-winning actress and “12 Years A Slave” star, Lupita Nyong’o and Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo are to star in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah novel.
Americanah tells the story of Ifemelu and Obinze, a pair who left Nigeria for the United States of America and the United Kingdom, respectively. As immigrants, the pair were faced with a lifetime of struggle while their relationship endures.
Lupita was already part of the film’s cast since June but Oyelowo was recently added to it after starring in Interstellar, A Most Violent Year, and Selma, for which he has been nominated for a Golden Globe award.
Speaking about the project, the Mexican-born actress said: “It is such an honour to have the opportunity to bring Ms Adichie’s brilliant book to the screen.” Nyong’o continued, “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.”
The film will be produced by Brad Pitt through is Plan B production banner along with Andrea Calderwood and Lupita Nyong’o. The film is now looking to attach a writer and director with no production start date set yet, reports Variety.
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