Lupita Nyong’o‘s star continues to shine bright.
The Oscar winner, who rapidly rose to prominence in ’12 Years A Slave’ last year, has landed another major role.
Together with Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo, the actress has been confirmed to star in the movie adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s wildly popular novel ‘Americanah’.
Sources tell Variety that Oyelowo is set to co-star with Lupita Nyong’o in the drama “Americanah.”
Based on the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel, the story follows a pair of young Nigerian immigrants who face a lifetime of struggle while their relationship endures.
Brad Pitt is producing through his Plan B production banner along with Nyong’o and Andrea Calderwood. Plan B produced “Selma,” and after having such a good experience working with them, Oyelowo jumped at the opportunity to board another project they were producing.
The film is now looking to attach a writer and director, with no production start date set yet.
Despite being in the super early stages of development, we are elated at the news.
As many Oscar winners of Nyong’o’s hue have learned, the struggle to snag worthy roles tends to oddly become harder once the “hype” has settled.
Luckily for Lupita, who has also landed leads in ‘Star Wars’ and the new remake of ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Americanah’ is such a compelling story; one that, if retold the right way, could earn her even more accolades.