This is turning out to be a great week for Lupita Nyong’o. On Monday, it was revealed the recent Oscar winner had joined the cast of J.J. Abrams’ new “Star Wars” entry, and today comes word that she’ll also headline the upcoming film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel “Americanah,” which she’s also set to produce.
It was announced earlier this month Nyong’o had bought the rights to the movie adaption. She’s partnered with Brad Pitt’s production house Plan B (the company responsible for “12 Years a Slave,” the film that won the actress her Oscar), Potboiler and D2 to produce “Americanah.”
The novel, winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, is an epic love story centered on two young Nigerians, Ifemelu and Obinze, who return home after years of studying and living abroad.
“It is such an honor to have the opportunity to bring Ms. Adichie’s brilliant book to the screen,” Nyong’o said in a statement. “Page after page I was struck by Ifemelu and Obinze’s stories, whose experiences as African immigrants are so specific and also so imminently relatable. It is a thrilling challenge to tell a truly international story so full of love, humor and heart.”
Nyong’o is set to start shooting “Star Wars: Episode VII” this summer, followed by work on Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book.” She’ll likely begin work on “Americanah” shortly after.