It's been four years since we first heard the news that Lupita Nyong'o had acquired the rights to adapt Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah. But save for reports of David Oyelowo joining the Nyong'o-led cast, news surrounding the adaptation has been few and far between.
Well, until this year that is. Just a month ago, it was reported that the acclaimed novel would be made into a miniseries, not a movie as was initially announced. Now, the project officially has a writer: the talented actress and playwright, Danai Gurira (Black Panther, The Walking Dead).
This will mark the third time Nyong'o and Gurira work together. Prior to playing Nakia and Okoye, the badass women protecting T'Challa in Marvel's Black Panther, Gurira wrote Eclipsed — the play that landed Nyong'o her first Tony nomination.
Speaking with Extra, Nyong'o revealed that the Americanah adaptation is the next project on her docket. The book follows the story of two young Nigerian immigrants, Ifemelu and Obinze, who face a lifetime of struggle while their love story endures.
So, while we are not sure if Oyelowo is still attached to the project, what we do know is that Nyong'o will be playing Ifemelu, and both she and Gurira will be executive producing the whole thing. We expect more information to be revealed in the coming months.