June 5, 2014 at 2:06 pm #154383
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.
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.”
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.
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.June 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm #154385
(I hope someone gets this)June 5, 2014 at 2:14 pm #154386
Now that’s more like it, Lupita!!!
And yes, I totally got the “Flawless”/Adiche reference!June 5, 2014 at 2:22 pm #154387
Great jam!June 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm #154388
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.June 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm #154389
Wow, Kate Winslet was attached to this some years ago.June 5, 2014 at 4:52 pm #154391
Sounds good.June 5, 2014 at 5:41 pm #154392
Wow, Brad Pitt honoured his word. Nice.June 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm #154393
Look at God! Africa is doing it for herself. The world is her oyster.June 5, 2014 at 7:28 pm #154394
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…