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  • Beau S.
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    http://www.indiewire.com/article/lupita-nyongo-reuniting-with-brad-pitt-for-post-star-wars-project?utm_campaign=Wildfire+Message+-+THIS+JUST+IN%3A+Lupita+Nyong%27o+is+reuniting+with…&utm_content=po_1158092&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook

    Lupita Nyong’o Reuniting With Brad Pitt for Post-‘Star Wars’ Project

    This is turning out to be a great week for Lupita Nyong’o. On Monday,
    it was revealed the recent Oscar winner had joined the cast of J.J.
    Abrams’ new “Star Wars” entry, and today comes word that she’ll also
    headline the upcoming film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s
    novel “Americanah,” which she’s also set to produce.

    It was
    announced earlier this month Nyong’o had bought the rights to the movie
    adaption. She’s partnered with Brad Pitt’s production house Plan B (the
    company responsible for “12 Years a Slave,” the film that won the
    actress her Oscar), Potboiler and D2 to produce “Americanah.”

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    The
    novel, winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for
    Fiction, is an epic love story centered on two young Nigerians, Ifemelu
    and Obinze, who return home after years of studying and living abroad.

    “It
    is such an honor to have the opportunity to bring Ms. Adichie’s
    brilliant book to the screen,” Nyong’o said in a statement. “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 is set to start shooting “Star
    Wars: Episode VII” this summer, followed by work on Jon Favreau’s “The
    Jungle Book.” She’ll likely begin work on “Americanah” shortly after.

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    TomHardys
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    ***flawless

    (I hope someone gets this)

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    Atypical
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    Now that’s more like it, Lupita!!!

    And yes, I totally got the “Flawless”/Adiche reference!

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    TomHardys
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    Great jam!

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    Brad Pitt is genuine. Plan B is doing what Hollywood refuses. To fiance material they see lacking commercial appeal. So grateful he’s not abandoning Lu. But making sure she has a place in this business.

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    seabel
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    Wow, Kate Winslet was attached to this some years ago.

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    babypook
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    Brad Pitt is genuine. Plan B is doing what Hollywood refuses. To fiance material they see lacking commercial appeal. So grateful he’s not abandoning Lu. But making sure she has a place in this business.

    Ditto all ’round.

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    vinny
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    Sounds good.

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    Malick
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    Wow, Brad Pitt honoured his word. Nice. 

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    eastwest
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    Look at God! Africa is doing it for herself. The world is her oyster.

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    KT
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    Tremendously good news!  I’m thrilled for Lupita—the book looks great.  We need more movies like this in the U.S.  It’s sad to see the tastes of the American public changing for the worse while the rest of the world still demands strong and compelling storytelling.  We need studio executives who are not afraid to take risks (and develop new models for profit).  They might be surprised to see what happens…

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    circa 1993
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    Yes! Now I need her to announce the Grace Jones project. 

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