Lupita Nyong’o Options Film Rights To Chimamanda Ngozi’s Best-Selling Novel ‘Americanah’

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It looks like Lupita Nyong’o is working with Beyonce’s favorite author on a new film. According to reports, the Academy Award-winning actress optioned for the film rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s bestselling novel Americanah.

During an interview on Arise TV earlier this year, Chimamanda announced that Lupita read the book, loved it and planned to make an announcement soon. Well, that big announcement came from Chimamanda herself at Stylist magazine’s Stylist Book Club event in the United Kingdom on Thursday.

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Lupita Nyong’o has optioned rights for the film version best-selling novel ‘Americanah’ <a href=”http://t.co/yx3HqHtHGo”>http://t.co/yx3HqHtHGo</a></p>&mdash; Stylist Magazine (@StylistMagazine) <a href=”https://twitter.com/StylistMagazine/statuses/472369380047609856″>May 30, 2014</a></blockquote>
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According to reports, Americanah tells the story of a Nigerian blogger who spends her young adulthood in the United States trying to navigate dating and race in America. It was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review (who described it as “a long, star-crossed love story”), won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and was shortlisted for the 2014 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.

This will be the second book-turned-film for Chimamanda, known popularly as the feminist voice on Queen Bey’s jam “Flawless.” Her 2006 novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, is currently in theaters starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.

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