Lupita Nyong’o will star and produce the feature adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah together with D2 Productions, Plan B and Potboiler Productions. A winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award, Americanah tells the epic love story of two young immigrant Nigerians, Ifemelu and Obinze, as their lives span various continents. Americanah was also listed as one of the “Ten Best Books of the Year” by The New York Times Book Review, the BBC, and Newsday. Adichie is the MacArthur Fellowship winning author of such novels Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun.
Said Nyong’o, “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 won a best supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of Patsey in the best picture-winning film 12 Years a Slave, which Plan B also produced. This summer she begins production on the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII. Nyong’o is also the voice of Rakcha in Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book . She is repped by D2 Management, CAA and Del Shaw. Andrea Calderwood of Potboiler Productions produced the award-winning film The Last King of Scotland, HBO’s multi-Emmy winning Generation Kill; and Adichie’s award-winning Half of a Yellow Sun.