The Oscar Winning actress and Black Panther star, Lupita Nyong’o has officially booked a starring role in the upcoming film adaptation of Trevor Noah’s best-selling autobiography, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.

Noah’s book is about being a biracial child in apartheid South Africa, and introduced his backstory to American audiences in 2016 in what the New York Times described as “raw, deeply personal reminiscences.”

Nyong’o will play Patricia Noah, who served as an important figure to Noah in his formative years. His mother was shot in the head by his stepfather while returning from a church service.  She will serve as executive producer alongside Noah.

This isn’t the only adaptation Nyong’o has in the works. In 2014, fresh off her Oscar buzz, Nyong’o optioned the rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah. The story of two Nigerian immigrants parallel lives in the UK and US will be produced with Brad Pitt’s Plan B and is set to co-star David Oyelowo.  Nyong’o is also set to star in upcoming zombie comedy, Little Monsters alongside Josh Gad and Alexander England.

We are excited to see Lupita’s career flourish!

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