Lupita Nyong’o who is currently lighting up the big screen in the blockbuster Black Panther is set to star in a movie based on Trevor Noah’s autobiography Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.
The Oscar-winning actress took to her social media pages to announce that she would be playing the comedian’s mother Patricia as well as producing in the feature film adaptation.
“When I read @Trevornoah’s Born A Crime, I could not put the book down,” the actress wrote on social media. “Excited to announce that I will be starring in and producing its feature film adaptation!” the post on Instagram said.
Trevor’s mother Patricia raised her mixed race child (Noah) during Apartheid, when it was illegal for children to be born with parents of different races.
Released in 2016, Noah’s New York Times best-seller book details Patricia’s influence on her son’s life and her deeply held religious beliefs. Trevor’s mother grew up in a hut with 14 occupants and took him to three churches every Sunday, a prayer meeting on Tuesday, Bible study on Wednesday, and youth church on Thursday.
She also survived a harrowing incident in which her ex-husband, Noah’s stepfather, shot her in the head in 2009.
The memoir is in fact more about Noah’s mother than Noah himself: “Foe of the status quo, her presence looms large over every page whether she’s mentioned or not, and by the end, Noah lovingly makes clear that this book belongs to her,” reads EW’s review of the book.
Noah is producing the project through his Ark Angel Productions alongside Norman Aladjem, Derek Van Pelt and Sanaz Yamin of Mainstay Entertainment along with Nyong’o.
Nyong’o won an Academy Award for 12 Years a Slave and is currently starring in Black Panther as Nakia. She stars in Abe Forsythe’s Australian zombie comedy “Little Monsters” and will produce and star in the movie version of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s bestseller “Americanah,” which has her Black Panther co-star Danai Gurira penning the script.