Lupita Nyong'o Reuniting with Brad Pitt for 'Americanah' Adaptation
by Ethan Anderton
June 6, 2014
After landing an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 12 Years a Slave, recent Star Wars cast addition Lupita Nyong'o is geting ready to reteam with producer Brad Pitt for a new project. A press release has announced that Nyong'o is heading into producing territory as she has teamed with Pitt's Plan B production banner, D2 Productions and Potboiler Productions to land the rights to the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award winning book Americanah, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which will be turned into a feature film starring the Oscar-winning actress. So what's the acclaimed novel about? Read on!
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.
It's not clear who will take the other lead role opposite Nyong'o, but this already sounds like a possible Oscar contender. The actress says, "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 is clearly on the rise, and it sounds like she has quite a bright career ahead of her.