Lupita Nyong’o‘s limited series Americanah was just picked up by HBO Max!
The 36-year-old actress will executive produce and star in the series based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel of the same name.
“Americanah has been a passion project for me since I read Chimamanda’s beautiful novel in 2013. It’s a tale that is simultaneously timely and timeless. HBO Max is the perfect partner to bring this profound and celebrated story to life,” Lupita said in a statement.
The series, which has been in the works since 2014, follows a “Ifemelu, a young, beautiful, self-assured woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze.”
“Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the west, with Ifemelu heading for America, where, despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous undocumented life in London.”
Danai Gurira wrote the pilot for the 10-episode limited series and will also serve as showrunner.
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