Lupita Nyong’o is set to re-team with Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company on the drama Americanah.
Plan B, which produced 12 Years a Slave, has acquired film rights to Nigerian authoer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel and will produce alongside D2 Prods. and Potboiler Prods., according to The Hollywood Reporter. Nyong’o will produce and star.
Americanah is the epic love story of young Nigerians, a romance that spans continents, visas, phone cards and breakups, while exploring the cruelties and the humor of both the modern immigrant experience and the difficulty of finding your way home.
The novel was the winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and was selected as one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, the BBC and Newsday.
“It is such an honor to have the opportunity to bring Ms. Adichie’s brilliant book to the screen,” Nyong’o said. “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.”
This summer, Nyong’o begins production on the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII. Next, she will lend her voice to Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book.
Nyong’o is also a filmmaker, having served as the creator, director, editor and producer of the documentary In My Genes, about the treatment of Kenya’s albino population.