Lupita Nyong’o to star in film adaptation of Trevor Noah’s memoir

Lupita Nyong'o. Photo by Stephen Lovekin/WWD/REX/Shutterstock (9374759ch)

Lupita Nyong’o, who is currently all over the papers and headlines for the role in the record-breaking blockbuster Black Panther, is set to star in the adaptation of the Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s memoir Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.

The project is still in its infancy and no director or writer has yet been appointed and Nyong’o is set to play Noah’s mother.

The project has been described as a detail of Noah’s experiences growing up in Apartheid South Africa and it is also a love letter to his mother.

Noah who is of mixed heritage has a black mother and a white father at a time in which relations between people of different races in South Africa was outlawed in the country.

Noah’s relationship with his mother forms a key part of the book. During the Apartheid years in South Africa, Noah’s mother had to conceal him in order to prevent him from being taken by police.