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Lupita Nyong’o’s next project will be starring in an adaptation of Trevor Noah’s memoir, Born A Crime. Nyong’o has become one of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars since she graduated from short films and TV to starring in 12 Years A Slave in 2013. The role landed her a number of accolades, including an Oscar. From there, appearances in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Jungle Book only increased her profile. But while those roles saw her hidden behind CGI, it’s been her most recent part in Black Panther that’s exposed Nyong’o to her biggest audience.
Black Panther is shattering box office records, with each day bringing new milestones for the film. Ryan Coogler’s work directing and co-writing the script has been a particular focus of the film, but the Internet has been flooded with think pieces heaping praise on the cast of the film. In particular, Nyong’o’s portrayal of spy and humanitarian Nakia has been highlighted as one of the film’s best, providing a global Wakandan ideology on the opposite end of the spectrum from Erik Killmonger’s beliefs. Now, Nyong’o will trade the fictional African country for one much closer to reality.
Deadline is reporting that Lupita Nyong’o has just signed onto Born A Crime, an adaptation of Trevor Noah’s memoir of the same name. The book, and a subsequent stand-up special, details The Daily Show host’s life growing up amidst apartheid in South Africa. Nyong’o will play Noah’s mother Patricia, and will co-produce the film with Noah.
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The threat of the time was especially real for Noah, whose South African mother and white father risked prison and even death by being seen together – or with young Noah. Patricia also suffered a gunshot to the head from her second husband in 2009, though she remarkably survived. While Noah is fairly young for the biopic treatment, it seems the film will use the story as a more intimate exploration of apartheid.
Noah’s mother is AmaXhosa, a member of the people who speak the isiXhosa language that was used in Black Panther. And though Nyong’o herself isn’t South African, she has a similar multicultural background as a child of Kenyan parents who grew up in Mexico.
Born A Crime is just one of many projects Nyong’o has on the horizon. Nyongo’o and Kristen Stewart will star in a Charlie’s Angels remake that’s in the works, and the actor’s role of Nakia certainly proves she has what it takes to be in more action films. She’ll also appear in the zombie film Little Monsters later this year and has been rumored to return as Maz Kanata in Star Wars: Episode IX.