David Oyelowo Joining Lupita Nyong'o for 'Americanah' Adaptation
Over the summer, we learned that 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o would reateam with Brad Pitt's Plan B production banner for an adaptation of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award winning book Americanah, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The Oscar-winning actress will star in and produce the film along with 2 Productions and Potboiler Productions, and now she's just gained a co-star who has had a hell of a year on the big screen in 2014. Variety reports David Oyelowo, who is getting awards buzz for his turn in Selma, is set to co-star in the story of Nigerian immigrants who face struggles in their love.
Here's the official synopsis for the book, named one of the best of the year by New York Times:
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.
Oyelowo just landed a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in Selma, and he's also got some Oscar buzz too. That's on top of a prominent role in Christopher Nolan's much-discussed Interstellar and also a pivotal supporting role in A Most Violent Year. However, the project may still be a ways off from becoming a reality because it still needs a writer and director, and thus, doesn't have a production start date yet. But this sounds like the kind of indie that could spark buzz at film festivals and then ride that wave into Oscar season when the time comes. We'll keep our eye on this one for sure.