Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira to Star in New HBO Max Series

The Black Panther stars head to HBO Max for a new series. 

Variety reports that Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira’s adaptation of the novel Americanah has been given a straight-to-series order at HBO Max, the premium cabler’s forthcoming streaming service. HBO Max has given the limited series a 10-episode order. 

The adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel will be written and showrun by Gurira. Nyong’o will star and both will executive produce.

“Through Americanah, Chimamanda brought the African female voice into mainstream consciousness in an unprecedented way,” Gurira said in a statement of the original novel. “It is intellectually incisive, indicting, yet full of humor, and riddled with humanity. She makes unheard voices familiar, universal and yet palpably specific. I am honored to bring her incredible novel to life on the screen. I’m thrilled to collaborate once again with Lupita who brings her astounding ability as a performer and producer shepherding this project, along with HBO Max’s unbridled enthusiasm to bring this groundbreaking narrative to the TV audience.”

The project has been in development since 2014.