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First Look At Chiwetel Ejiofor And Thandie Newton In ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ Film Adaptation

First Look At Chiwetel Ejiofor And Thandie Newton In 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' Film Adaptation

Here’s your first official look (above, courtesy of our friends at Arise magazine) at the much-dabated (on S&A anyway) film adaptation of celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Orange Prize-winning novel, Half Of A Yellow Sun.

Principal photography is complete on the project which was shot in both Nigeria and London, with a cast that includes Thandie Newton, John BoyegaChiwetel Ejiofor, Dominic CooperAnika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle and Genevieve Nnaji

This is playwright Biyi Bandele’s feature film directorial debut.

Described as an epic love story, here’s the official synopsis released by the film’s producers which tells us what role each starring actor will play:

… weaving together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of war. Olanna (Newton) and Kainene (Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the “revolutionary professor” Odenigbo (Ejiofor) and his devoted houseboy Ugwu (Boyega) in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises herself when she falls in love with Richard (Mawle) an English writer. Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters, the events of their life loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra an independent republic, ending in chilling violence which shocked the entire country and the world. 

The crew includes award-winning cinematographer John de Borman (An EducationThe Full Monty), production designer Andrew McAlpine (BAFTA winner for The Piano), and award-winning Nigerian songwriter Cobhams Asuquo and singer-songwriter Keziah Jones who are composing original music for the film, which will likely be released sometime in 2013

If you missed it, read our Book To Film report on the project HERE.

Looking forward to that first trailer.

Here’s the full un-cropped photo.

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I'm eagerly awaiting this film. The main cast is great. As for the Thandie Newton casting controversy, I like her as actress. She's not my favorite but I've enjoyed her in what I've seen. That being said I can genuinely understand the problem people have of her being cast in this role. Nonetheless I as long as she gives a good performance I can overlook the issue. It's such a deep, complex and dirty quagmire of a topic.


I will watch anything with Chiwetel in it. One of my favorite actors to watch.


Looks good. But sorry am waiting for pictures with genevieve in it and the trailer too.

other song

personally, I want this post to devolve into nonsense and bickering. So I'll be the first to put it out there: She doesn't look Igbo. 3…2…1….

Critical acclaim

Oh wow. Can't wait for this one.


I randomly bumped in to Joseph Mawle yesterday. What a fine actor. With rising star Boyega and gorgeous Ejiofor, this movie will be something good regardless of how superficially different it is from the book.


I look forward to seeing this film. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Half of a Yellow Sun is one the best I've ever read and should be a companion to Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth. While Fanon's book is a treatise on decolonization, Adiche's book explores it vividly through the characters who inhabit the book. Also, the film has one of the best actors on the scene, Chiwetel Ejior.

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