Americanah is hands down one of my favorite books, and when I heard that Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o was going to adapt Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie’s novel into a feature film, I was excited. But I’m even more excited now that I know, according to reports, that David Oyelowo will co-star in the picture.
Oyelowo, who just received a Golden Globe nomination and is being considered for an Oscar nomination for his work as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, will play Obinze (aka, “Ceiling”) to Nyong’o’s Ifemelu.
If you aren’t familiar with the book, it’s about two Nigerian people who fall in love, and as they grow up and move to different countries (the United States and the United Kingdom) in the quest for opportunity and education, find themselves coming face-to-face with race and a litany of other challenges that test them and their bond.
According to Variety, who actually broke the news, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Production will produce this film. Plan B was also behind the release of Selma. And because Oyelowo’s experience with the production company was so good while making Selma, that reportedly played a part in his decision to join the cast of Americanah.
There is no writer or director attached to the project at the moment, nor a start date for production, but at least we know who the stars will be and that we can already expect some great performances.