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HBO Max shelves Lupita Nyong’o series

Danai Gurira (left) and Lupita Nyong’o

US-based streaming service HBO Max has scrapped its plans for a TV adaptation of an award-winning novel from a Nigerian author.

A 10-episode limited series, Americanah was ordered by the WarnerMedia-owned streaming service last year. The project was based on Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book of the same name.

The show was set to star Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) as the lead character but she withdrew because of scheduling conflicts and the production delays caused by the coronavirus-enforced shutdown, leading to the cancellation of the series.

Other stars who were lined up to be part of the cast included Nyong’o’s Black Panther co-star Danai Gurira, who wrote the pilot and was to serve as showrunner, Uzo Aduba (Mrs America) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton).

Americanah tells the epic story of Ifemelu, a young woman raised in Nigeria who falls in love with her classmate as a teenager. Living in a military-ruled country, they both depart for the US, with Ifemelu forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black.

The novel has won several awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2013.

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Black Panther pair reunite for Americanah

Danai Gurira (left) and Lupita Nyong’o

Black Panther stars Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira are working on a miniseries adaptation of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah.

The 2013 book, TV adaptation rights to which were acquired by Nyong’o in June 2014, will be scripted for television by playwright and actor Gurira. It was originally intended to be made into a movie.

The novel follows two Lagos teenagers who fall in love but are separated as one goes to the US to study while the other become an undocumented immigrant in London. Nyong’o and Gurira recently visited the Nigerian city to carry out research for the project.

While further official information has yet to be revealed, it was reported in late 2014 that David Oyelowo (Selma) would star in the adaptation.

In February, Nyong’o announced that she would be starring in and producing the movie adaptation of comedian Trevor Noah’s memoir, Born a Crime.


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