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Watch: First Clip From ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor & Thandie Newton

Watch: First Clip From 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor & Thandie Newton

Timed to coincide with the forthcoming release of “Americanah,” the third novel from heavy-hitting Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the first look at the adaptation of her prize-winning second novel “Half of a Yellow Sun” has arrived, and a handsome fellow it is too. 

Featuring Thandie Newton and a bearded and dreamy-as-ever Chiwetel Ejiofor, the story follows a couple whose romance takes place against the background of the Nigeria-Biafra conflict. It’s directed by first-timer Biyi Bandele, who may not have directed a film before, but comes with serious pedigree as a playwright, novelist and theatre director and is considered (along with Adichie) one of Nigeria’s most important writers. Cinematographer John de Borman (“An Education,” “The Full Monty“) adds further credibility along with a supporting class that includes Anika Noni Rose (“The Princess and the Frog“), Genevieve Nnaji,  John Boyega (“Attack the Block“) and Joseph Mawle (“Game of Thrones“).

Precious little has been given away about the production so far but the presence of Ejiofor and Newton and the frankly stupendous excellence of the novel are reason enough to keep it on the radar. The clip suggests a pretty polished production and the epic qualities of the story bode well for the adaptation. A possible contender for a Cannes preview showing, expect more to emerge as Adichie hits the literary circuit hard next month for the U.S. release of her novel. Clip below (it starts about 30 seconds in). [Shadow & Act]

 

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Mimi

Chima now sounds like another black American that does nothing but complain about being black in america. She should tone off of that subject a little.
I dont think that people are really paying that much attention to her hair or the complexions of people of color.

Ohiagu Johnkennedy C

Great work by one of our finest sisters. behold beauty combined with intelligent. luv Chimamanda adichie

may

remember that Olanna, the heroine was educated in Britain at the time, so i guess the "impurity" Thandie's accent here could be excused, although i don't even know if that could pass as British. Good clip! Much respect for Chimamanda…

Chi

Thanks chimamanda for showing the world the good side of Nigeria.

Chi

I also think Genevieve should have been used.no offence though,just proudly NIGERIAN

amara

Beautiful!!!.. Thank you Chimamanda, this is what we Nigerians should be recognized for. Very proud of her.

Madzidz

OMG I can't wait for this movie to come out.
Both Thandie and Chewetel don't sound very Nigerian on this clip. I hope they don't disappoint cos I love them both.
Big up Adichie!

Nwokedi Don

Am so proud of you Chimamnda! You are an inspiration. God bless you and the mother that bore you.

Mercy Ndukwe

This woman speaks so intelligently.

Dumebi

Whoa! Thandie is tested and good according to Chimamanda but damn she is unimpressive in a clip. Chiwetel looks good.

Femi Aturu

Chinamanda always inspires me.Proudly Nigerian!!!

comment

I don't know why they couldn't just use Genevieve. I think now she has attained international status

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I don't know why they couldn't just use Genevieve. I think now she has attained international status

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I don't know why they couldn't just use Genevieve. I think now she has attained international status

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I don't know why they couldn't just use Genevieve. I think now she has attained international status

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I don't know why they couldn't just use Genevieve. I think now she has attained international status

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I don't know why they couldn't just use Genevieve. I think now she has attained international status

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I don't know why they couldn't just use Genevieve. I think now she has attained international status

CT

What a flirtatious interview. Methinks Jon Snow is smitten.

ebele

Can't wait for the movie, love Chimamanda

Chinwe

So true,
Our thoughts about one another are still influenced by our skin colour.
And as Ngozi say's this will not go!!!

Denying it may insinuate that one is racist!

Chizaramekpele

I can't explain the kind of inspiration I get from your books, Chimamanda. I hope someday I will be able to ignore the fear of criticisms and put down my ideas and stories on paper.

Dicko

"Hair is political." I love that especially. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has come to stay. The University of Nigeria Nsukka http://unn.edu.ng where she grew up is proud of her.

Jaja

Thandie's accent is admittedly unconvincing, but so excited for this. Potential.

Tayo

wow! i cant wait to see this movie, i know chimamanda's stuffs r always on point i also congratulate biyi bandele on this one and many more to come.

Ebele

Thandie Newton doesn't sound Nigerian in this clip. I think she is an excellent actress, but I don't feel she was the best person for this role.

ijeoma

Oh my gush! She is so good…so explicit in her explanations. I bet her films will be sensational. Can't wait to watch them.
Go Girl! We are proud of you! At least, there is something good about Nigeria.

ijeoma

Oh my gush! She is so good…so explicit in her explanations. I bet her films will be sensational. Can't wait to watch them.
Go Girl! We are proud of you! At least, there is something good about Nigeria.

ijeoma

Oh my gush! She is so good…so explicit in her explanations. I bet her films will be sensational. Can't wait to watch them.
Go Girl! We are proud of you! At least, there is something good about Nigeria.

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