Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton On Board For Screen Adaptation of Ngozi Adichie’s “Half Of A Yellow Sun”

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton On Board For Screen Adaptation of Ngozi Adichie's "Half Of A Yellow Sun"

Screen Daily is reporting that actress Thandie Newton has signed on to co-star in the upcoming Nigeria-set screen adaptation of author Ngozi Adichie’s novel Half Of A Yellow Sun.

Newton joins busy actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and Dominic Cooper, in the film treatment of Adichie's novel, "[which] charts the period around the Nigerian-Biafran War, 1967-70, and its effects on the lives of a high ranking political figure, a professor, a British citizen and a houseboy".

Screen Daily also reports that "UK producers Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Egan (The Constant Gardener) have recently secured crucial private equity backing from Nigeria in order to move the anticipated project forward. The BFI has also supported the film."

Filming is scheduled to begin in March.

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Comments

Epatric

Also Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris, who I think are both outstanding actors, have been playing African American actors for a long time and no one seems to have a problem with that… Just saying.

Epatric

…Isn't Nigeria one of the countries where one of the leading cosmetic products skin lightening creams? And movies are about how we like to perceive ourselves right? I'm just asking…

AO

With all the wonderful Nigerian actresses, many of them actually Igbo, you think one of them would have been cast to play the lead.

Nicole

I've been looking forward to the right folks taking on this challenge for so long, hopefully using some good nigerian actors/actresses. Now all that I can say is that I am disappointed.

Ashley Akunna

http://www.change.org/petitions/the-casting-of-thandie-newton-in-half-of-a-yellow-sun-reconsider-casting-of-half-of-a-yellow-sun

Wordblaze

Adepero Oduye is not only 100% Naija….she's a phenomenal actor. sigh. ah well.

Nadell

I'll be looking forward to this!

Dizzle

I'd have preferred to see Sophie Okonedo instead of Thandie. This would also be a great way to propel one of the better Nigerian actresses into the Hollywood limelight.

Ashley Akunna

Thandie Newton does not look like any Igbo woman I have ever seen in my life. Why a bi-racial actress?

Shola Akinnuso

Love the book. LOVE THE BOOK…but not seeing how Thandie Newton fits in here…
She's a great actress, though so we'll see. I'm just thrilled to see more work from Mr. Ejifor…

Afrostyling

@ dami , i agree. This would be a great role for Yaya DaCosta

ANONYMOUS

Good luck filming in Nigeria. I hope Boko Haram doesn't find out.

damilola

yaya dacosta would have been perfect to play one of the sisters. i hope thandie's not :(

Melissa

I love the book but I agree with Ninag.

Afrostyling

Thandie playing a Nigerian? Na wa!

NinaG

yessss!!!!! I'm so excited to see this project is moving forward.

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