Three days after joining the cast of the highly anticipated Star Wars sequel, Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o has found her next project. The Yale grad will produce and star in an adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah, the winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.
The epic love story follows two young Nigerians, Ifemelu and Obinze, as their romance grows across continents and the highs and lows of the modern immigrant experience while still being able to find your way home. Nyong’o will produce alongside D2 Productions, Brad Pitt’s producing company Plan B, and Potboiler Productions.
“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.” Nyong’o said in a press release.
In addition to Star Wars:Episode VII, Nyong’o will play a mother wolf in Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book.