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Lupita Nyong'o to Portray Comedian Trevor Noah's Mother in New Film
Feb 22, 2018 by: WENN
Lupita Nyong'o has signed on to play comedian Trevor Noah's mother in a big screen adaptation of his autobiography, Born a Crime: Stories form a South African Childhood.
Noah, the host of popular comedy program The Daily Show, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1984 to a black mother and white father. His parents' relationship was illegal under the country's apartheid laws and he chronicled his experience growing up in the book, which was released in 2016.
He also detailed his close relationship with his mother, Patricia, who was jailed and fined following his birth, and now their story will be at the center of Born a Crime. Nyong'o and Noah will also serve as producers on the project.
"When I read @Trevornoah's 'Born A Crime', I could not put the book down," the actress writes on Twitter. "Excited to announce that I will be starring in and producing its feature film adaptation!"
Meanwhile, Nyong'o recently treated hundreds of students from her hometown in Kenya to a free screening of her hit new blockbuster Black Panther--about a fictional African king who moonlights as a superhero.
"I joined the #BlackPantherChallenge & sponsored 600 schoolchildren to watch the film in Kisumu, Kenya," she writes. "I wanted kids from my hometown to see the positive images reflected in the film & superheroes that they can relate to on the big screen."
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