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

The Oscar winner and the talk show host join forces.

Lupita Nyong’o to star in film adaptation of Trevor Noah’s autobiography. (Getty images)

Lupita Nyong’o is having a great year.

In addition to the success of Black Panther in theaters right now, she is looking ahead to a new project, this one set in the real African country of South Africa rather than the fictional one of Wakanda.

Nyong’o is set to star as Patricia Noah in an adaptation of Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, the best-selling autobiography of Trevor Noah, the current host of The Daily Show. Noah grew up in apartheid South Africa to a Black mother and white father, making him literally “born a crime,” as the book title suggests.

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Nyong’o will also serve as executive producer for the project, with Noah also set to produce, according to Deadline.

‘Black Panther’ success

Nyong’o is currently receiving raves for her role in Black Panther, the biggest movie of the year thus far.

Over President’s Day weekend, Black Panther shattered records with a three-day opening of $201.8 million. Once you include the holiday, the  four-day gross estimated is said to be at least $235 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

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Last Thursday night, the movie brought in $25.2 million alone, according to Variety, which is the most a Thursday night preview has ever grossed for a February release. For Marvel, that’s also the second-largest preview gross for all of its films. Pull in the weekend numbers, and you have the highest February release ever as well as the fifth-largest domestic release of all time.

Of course, since Black Panther is part of the expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are already talks of a sequel, which would see Nakia (Nyong’o’s character) returning to Wakanda. Or, we might see Nakia as part of another Marvel movie; the choices are really endless. Either way, we’re excited to see more of what Nyong’o plans to deliver.