Lupita Nyong’o has just announced that she will be starring in the film adaptation of The Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s bestselling debut autobiography Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.
According to Deadline, Nyong’o will play Noah’s mom, Patricia, who served as an important figure to her son in his formative years. She was shot in the head by his stepfather while returning from a church service in 2009, but survived.
Noah will be producing the project through his own production company, Ark Angel Productions alongside Norman Aladjem, Derek Van Pelt, Sanaz Yamin and Nyong’o.
The ‘Black Panther’ star could not contain her glee.
“When I read @Trevornoah’s “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! #BornACrime”
When I read @Trevornoah's "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! #BornACrimehttps://t.co/v4AfGe23P5 pic.twitter.com/QvrsETIEAc
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) February 21, 2018
The book was released back in 2016 and spent 26 weeks on the bestseller list. It has won the James Thurber Prize for American Humor and two NAACP Image Awards. Spiegel & Grau, the imprint that published Noah’s first book.
The follow-up memoir, which will be published by Random House and released November 13th.
We are excited to see the finished products. Congratulations to both Lupita Nyong’o and Trevor Noah!