Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira are teaming up again after playing huge roles in Marvel hit Black Panther last year.
WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max has announced a series based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel Americanah. The adaptation will detail the experiences of a woman born in Nigeria who leaves for the United States.
Nyong’o will both star in and executive produce the show while Gurira will be operating as the showrunner and writing the pilot episode. The 41-year-old isn’t new to writing for major projects and is the winner of a Tony Award for her work on the Broadway production of Eclipsed.
“Through Americanah, Chimamanda brought the African female voice into mainstream consciousness in an unprecedented way,” Gurira says, per Slashfilm.
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“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.”
Amazon’s description of the series is as follows:
“Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. 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. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.”
HBO Max hasn’t announced a release date for Americanah and there’s not much to go on apart from the descriptions above. But it seems like it will be a pretty great show and people wouldn’t be blamed for being a tad more than intrigued.
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