Lupita Nyong’o Thrilled to Work With Danai Gurira on ‘Americanah’

The ‘Black Panther’ actress has signed on to star and executive produce the limited series, while her co-star will serve as the writer for the pilot as well as the showrunner.

AceShowbizLupita Nyong’o will reunite with her “Black Panther” co-star Danai Gurira on new TV series “Americanah“.

The Oscar winner has signed on to star in and executive produce the show, based on the bestselling book by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and adapted by Danai.

” ‘Americanah’ has been a passion project for me since I read Chimamanda’s beautiful novel in 2013,” she wrote in a statement to Deadline. “It’s a tale that is simultaneously timely and timeless… and I’m thrilled that Danai will bring to the project her intelligence, wit, and understanding of the stories and the worlds of ‘Americanah’.”

Gurira will also serve as the showrunner for the 10-episode limited series, which centres on the experiences of Lupita’s character Ifemelu, a U.S. immigrant from Nigeria, whose boyfriend struggles with life as an undocumented migrant in London.

“Americanah” is set to premiere in the spring, 2020.

It’s not the first time Gurira’s writing skills have teamed her up with one of her “Black Panther” castmates – Letitia Wright starred in Danai’s play “The Convent in London’s West End”.

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