A children’s book written by Hollywood actor Lupita Nyong’o is being adapted as an animated musical film for global streaming platform Netflix.
Sulwe is a children’s picture book about a young girl who wishes for her dark skin to be lighter. The story is about colourism and learning to love oneself regardless of skin tone.
Announcing the news on Instagram, Black Panther and Us star Nyong’o wrote: “Sulwe is going to be an animated movie!! Thank you to the readers of all ages who have joined Sulwe on her starry ride. I’m so excited for this next adventure on Netflix.”
Speaking to Variety, the Kenyan-Mexican actor added: “The story of Sulwe is one that is very close to my heart. Growing up, I was uncomfortable in my dark skin. I rarely saw anyone who looked like me in the aspirational pages of books and magazines, or even on TV. It was a long journey for me to arrive at self-love.
“Sulwe is a mirror for dark-skinned children to see themselves, a window for those who may not be familiar with colourism, to have understanding and empathy, and an invitation for all who feel different and unseen to recognise their innate beauty and value. I am thrilled that the book is being adapted into an animated musical that we hope inspires children all around the world to celebrate their uniqueness.”
Sulwe has been featured on Netflix’s original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices, in which Nyong’o read from her book. The release date of the animated adaptation on Netflix has not yet been revealed.