Lupita Nyong’o to Star in Trevor Noah’s Memoir Adaptation

Lupita Nyong’o to star in the film adaptation of Trevor Noah’s memoir ‘Born a Crime’

Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther12 Years a Slave) is set to star in the film adaptation of Trevor Noah’s (The Daily Show) bestselling memoir Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. Nyong’o tweeted the news earlier today, saying, “When I read @Trevornoah’s “Born a Crime,” I could not put the book down. Excited to announce that I will be starring in and producing its feature film adaptation!” You can check out the tweet from Nyong’o below.

Earlier in the day, Deadline posted more info about Nyong’o’s role. She will play Trevor Noah’s mother Patricia who was an important person in his young life. Patricia was shot in the head by his stepfather but survived. Noah will produce the project with his Ark Angel Productions with Norman Aladjem, Derek Van Pelt and Sanaz Yamin of Mainstay Entertainment, as well as Nyong’o. The book was released in 2016 and was a New York Times Bestseller.

Trevor Noah currently writes and hosts The Daily Show, while Lupita Nyong’o has appeared in films like 12 Years a Slave, for which she won an Academy Award, voiced the role of Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She is currently starring as Nakia in Marvel’s Black Panther.

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