The Orange Is the New Black star has been cast in Americanah.
Emmy winning Uzo Aduba has been cast in the forthcoming limited series from HBO Max.
Aduba is set to star opposite Lupita Nyong’o in the series based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel of the same name. Also starring is Zackary Momoh.
According to the streamer, the series tells the story of Ifemelu (Nyong’o), a self-assured young woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze (Momoh).
“Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the west. Ifemelu heads for America, where she finds academic success but is forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black,” according to the official description. “Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous undocumented life in London. A highly lauded tale that has become a leader in the cultural conversation, Americanah is an incredible exploration of the human experience that crosses three continents to give an empathetic, compelling view of the complex realities of race, politics, immigration, and identity.”
HBO Max will launch in May.