Black Panther star, Lupita Nyong’o has just revealed that she will be starring in and co-producing a movie adaptation of Trevor Noah’s bestselling book, Born A Crime. The Oscar winner took to Twitter to announce the news:
When I read @Trevornoah‘s “Born A Crime,” I could not put the book down. Excited to announce that I will be starring in and producing its feature film adaptation! #BornACrimehttps://t.co/v4AfGe23P5 pic.twitter.com/QvrsETIEAc
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) February 21, 2018
According to Hollywood publication, Deadline, Lupita will play Trevor’s mom, Patricia, who was shot in the head by his stepfather while returning from a church service in 2009 – she survived. Trevor is producing the film through his Ark Angel Productions alongside Lupita and three other prolific Hollywood producers.
Tweeps were excited to hear the news and took to Twitter.
They’re adapting “Born a Crime” into a film. 😮
Trevor is securing bags inside his bags. Yoh.
— Petty LaBelle* 🐼 (@PearlPillay) February 22, 2018
Wow Trevor Noah is coming for everything Africans deserve “Born A Crime”
— Sferb(ing) (@PRChap) February 22, 2018
— Queen (@JackieSehoke) February 22, 2018
Congratulations to my husband…. “Born A Crime”
— Mama kaYoli (@Buhle_4) February 22, 2018
Others had concerns of their own:
So basically Trevor noah is fine with a mother who will only utter 3 xhosa words in hs born a crime biopic. We love lupita but the accent torture though. When ist ever gonna stop…
— manda (@phopy101) February 22, 2018
It’s a south African story. Let it be done by the south Africans. I would hate to see some guy or woman trying so hard to get the accent.
— Mullah. (@mwaura24) February 22, 2018
About giving leading roles to South Africans? . We have damn good actors and actresses that can nail any role given to them but as always our SA golden stories are given away and we only given the opportunity to play as an extra then pay again to watch it. This is disappointing.
— Gold (@iamgold_A) February 22, 2018
Trevor’s response to the news and hype was short and sweet.
I’m in heaven! https://t.co/wLK81WsIoo
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) February 22, 2018
Big up to Trevor for continuing to raise the bar! Do share your thoughts with us.