Lupita Nyong’o to star in Trevor Noah’s memoir film adaptation

Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o confirmed Wednesday that she will be starring and producing a film based on Trevor Noah’s memoir. Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central.

The actress took to Twitter to announce the exciting news, saying that she simply, “could not put the book down,” a love that will result in a film adaptation Noah’s memoir, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. 

Nyong’o will portray The Daily Show host’s mother as the story chronicles the years Noah was in Apartheid-era South Africa, living his life as an outlaw essentially due to him being a half-back, half-white person. In some way though, the memoir is just about Noah’s mother as it is about himself with critics saying that the memoir is also a compelling and an unforgettable homage to his mother.

Nyong’o is currently starring in Black Panther as Nakia.