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David Oyelowo Joins Lupita Nyong’o in ‘Americanah’ Film Adaptation

David Oyelowo Joins Lupita Nyong’o in 'Americanah' Film Adaptation

An update on the recent announcement that Lupita Nyong’o had optioned film rights to author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s latest novel “Americanah”…

Today brings word that “Selma” star David Oyelowo, fresh off a Golden Globe nomination, has joined Nyong’o, to star in the film adaptation of Adichie’s acclaimed novel. 

As revealed over the summer, Brad Pitt’s Plan B shingle (“12 Years A Slave”) is producing the project, with D2 Productions and Potboiler Productions partnering with Lupita in securing rights to develop Adichie’s novel.

Of course Ms Nyong’o, fresh off her own supporting actress Oscar win for “12 Years A Slave,” will star in the story on, broadly, the immigrant experience, told from the POV of Nigerians in America. 

No word on what role exactly Oyelowo will play, but I’m sure we’ll find out eventually. 

Also, no ETA yet on “Americanah,” but with Pitt’s support, I suspect it will get done sooner than later. 

I should note that, in addition to producing Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave,” Pitt’s Plan B production company is also producer of Ava DuVernay’s “Selma.”

Oyelowo is certainly busy – in addition to his acclaimed performance in the upcoming “Selma,” catch him in “A Most Violent Year,” this year, and the indie drama “Captive” opposite Kate Mara, next year.

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