The Black Panther actress and Academy Award winner, 34, will also produce and star in the film adaption of Trevor Noah's memoir, Born A Crime.

By Nora Horvath
Updated February 22, 2018
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Fresh off the success of her starring role in Black Panther, Lupita Nyong’o is already looking ahead at her next big job: portraying Trevor Noah’s mother in the big screen adaption of his memoir, Born A Crime, as well as producing the film (to buy the book: $18;

“When I read @TrevorNoah’s "Born A Crime," I could not put the book down,” the actress wrote on social media. “Excited to announce that I will be starring in and producing its feature film adaptation!”

The powerful memoir follows Trevor Noah’s experience as a child growing up in apartheid South Africa, to a white father and a black mother at a time when interracial relationships were illegal. The memoir details the harrowing experiences his mother faced during apartheid rule, and Noah’s eventual road to success.

Noah also took to social media to share news of the partnership, writing, “My mom is a powerful woman who could easily be one of the beautiful soldiers in Wakanda. So it's beyond a perfect fit that she would be portrayed on the big screen by the radiant and regal Lupita Nyong'o. I'm beyond excited.”

Nyong’o is also set to star in the upcoming movie adaption of <em>Americanah</em>by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie alongside David Oyelowo, which tells the story of two lovers from Nigeria and their experiences emigrating to America and the United Kingdom.