Kenya’s Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is to star in a film adaptation of internationally acclaimed South African comedian Trevor Noah’s autobiography, Born a Crime.
“I could not put the book down. Excited to announce that I will be starring in and producing its feature film adaptation!,” Nyong’o said on her Instagram account.
Noah – who anchors one of the US’s most influential TV programmes, The Daily Show – responded on Twitter by simply saying, “I’m in heaven”.
He gave a detailed response on Instagram, saying Nyong’o – fresh from her success in Black Panther – was “beyond a perfect fit” for his mother.
“My mom is a powerful woman who could easily be one of the beautiful soldiers in Wakanda. So it’s beyond a perfect fit that she would be portrayed on the big screen by the radiant and regal Lupita Nyong’ o. I’m beyond excited,” he wrote.
Born a Crime refers to Noah growing up in apartheid-era South Africa as the son of a black mother and white father.