Four years ago, Lupita Nyong’o bought the rights to adapt Americanah, the award-winning novel by Chimamnda Ngozi Adichie. Ever since, the buzz around the project has only grown, with reports first stating the book would be made into a movie with David Oyelowo on the cast.
However, last month it was revealed the novel would actually be turned into a miniseries, the new medium of choice for amazing TV entertainment (think Big Little Lies, The Sinner, The Night Of). In even more exciting developments, reports today have confirmed that actor and playwright Danai Gurira, who previously starred in The Walking Dead, has joined the writing team.
Following Lupita and Danai’s iconic roles in Black Panther, the duo are set to make TV gold with a stellar record in hit making. The two previously worked together on Eclipsed, with Danai writing the play that landed Lupita her first Tony nomination.
Lupita will now play the female lead Ifemelu in Americanah, a story which follows the life of a young Nigerian women who emigrates to the US for university, leaving her high school sweetheart behind in a star-crossed lover style scenario.
While David Oyelowo, who previously played Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, was confirmed for the previous plans for Americanah, it’s not yet known if he will be involved in the mini-series. However, with or without him we don’t doubt this miniseries will have us glued to our screens. With Lupita and Danai at the helm, it’s set to be a sensation.
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