Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira’s ‘Americanah’ Adaptation Ordered To Series At HBO Max

Popular actresses, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira’s planned adaptation of the novel “Americanah” by Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has received a straight-to-series order at HBO Max.

HBO Max gave the limited series a 10-episode order. While Lupita Nyong’o will star in the series as Ifemelu, Gurira will be writing the pilot.

Based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel, “Americanah” tells the story of Ifemelu ( which will be played by Nyong’o), a young, self-assured woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze. Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the west, with Ifemelu heading for America, where, despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous undocumented life in London.

Speaking about the project, Lupita said;

“‘Americanah’ has been a passion project for me since I read Chimamanda’s beautiful novel in 2013. It’s a tale that is simultaneously timely and timeless. HBO Max is the perfect partner to bring this profound and celebrated story to life, and I’m thrilled that Danai will bring to the project her intelligence, wit, and understanding of the stories and the worlds of ‘Americanah.’”

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