Director Joe Wright (“Anna Karenina”) is in the works adapting Aime Cesaire’s 1966 play “A Season in the Congo,” which centers on the 1960 Congo rebellion and the assassination of political leader Patrice Lumumba, for the big screen. Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of this awards season’s current title to beat “12 Years a Slave,” is set to star as Lumumba.
Ejiofor played Lumumba this past summer in Wright’s stage version of “A Season in the Congo” at UK theater the Young Vic. It was Ejiofor’s first return to the stage following his 2007 turn as Othello.
The film is one of two productions resulting from the Young Vic’s recently announced plans to shoot feature films. The theater has made a name for itself in presenting modern, edgy versions of stage classics, new plays and casting emerging talent alongside well-known stars. Now it is looking to make original films of plays, borrowing heavily from the stage versions’ cast and crew.
Watch the trailer for the stage production below.