Nigerian-American actor Uzo Aduba has been revealed as the host of Netflix Book Club, a forthcoming series about books the streamer has adapted for the small screen.
Available via the Still Watching Netflix YouTube channel and the Netflix US Facebook channel, the show will introduce viewers to books that they will soon be able to watch as films and series on the streamer, as well as those that have been adapted for Netflix in the past.
It will begin with the stars and storytellers behind the latest book-to-screen adaptations sitting down for candid conversations while delving into the depths of how beloved characters, themes and stories are brought to life on the page and on screen.
Recent Netflix book adaptations that will be discussed include Bridgerton, The Queen’s Gambit, Orange is the New Black (which starred Aduba) and The Maid.
Forthcoming book adaptations being spotlighted include Nella Larsen’s Harlem Renaissance-era novel Passing, which has been adapted as a film directed by Rebecca Hall and will be released on Netflix next month.
Passing follows the story of two black women who can pass as white and choose to live on opposite sides of the coluor line in 1929 New York. Aduba will sit down with Hall and stars Ruth Negga and André Holland to discuss the adaptation on November 16.
Netflix chief marketing officer Bozoma Saint John said: “From Bridgerton, To All the Boys and Sweet Magnolias to Queen’s Gambit, Unorthodox, Virgin River and, of course, Orange is the New Black, Netflix loves bringing books to life on screen and creating conversation with passionate readers and fans. We’re thrilled that the incredible Uzo Aduba will be our host to discuss favourite books and what goes into writing, developing, casting and creating our beloved series and films.”
Aduba added: “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked friends, ‘But have you read the book?’ so I’m excited to host Netflix Book Club and bring together loyal book fans, TV and movie obsessives and the creators behind their favourite stories. I can’t wait to dive deep into the creative process and what it takes to bring a book to life.”