Black Panther Stars Team Up To Bring Chimamanda’s Novel To The Big Screen

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Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira who both starred in Marvel’s smash hit, Black Panther are teaming up again, this time to bring  Nigeria’s darling of the literary world, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel, Americannah to the big screen.

 Lupita Nyong’o back in 2014 acquired the film rights to Adichie’s novel. The book tells the story of “two young Nigerian immigrants, Ifemelu and Obinze, who face a lifetime of struggle while their love story endures,” and Nyong’o said she was producing and starring in the project.

Gringo star, David Oyelowo is also set to star in the project as Obinze.

Now, after a protracted silence, Danai Gurira has signed on to also write the script for the movie.

The multitalented Gurira isn’t just an actress but is also an award-winning playwright whose last production, Eclipsed, ran on Broadway and resulted in a Tony nomination for Nyong’o who starred in the play.

Naturally, this has excited many fans of the book who can’t wait to see t adapted to the big screen even though it has been slated to come out as a miniseries rather than a feature-length film.

Americannah isn’t the first Chimamamda project to be brought to the big screen as her highly acclaimed novel, Half of a Yellow Sun was also brought to the big screen and starred the likes of Thandie Newton and Chewetel Ejiofor.

 

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