Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has signed on to star in the film adaptation of The Daily Show’s host Trevor Noah’s autobiography Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.
According to reports, Oscar-winning Nyong’o will be playing the role of Noah’s mother, Patricia Noah, who played a major role in the South African comedian’s childhood.
In his book Noah describes his upbringing as a mixed-race child with a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father during apartheid.
Noah responded to the Black Panther actress’s post revealing the news saying he was thrilled that his mother would be portrayed by Nyongo’.
“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," he tweeted alongside an image of him and the successful actress.
Noah is reportedly producing the film through his Ark Angel Productions alongside Derek Van Pelt, Norman Aladjem and Sanaz Yamin of Mainstay Entertainment as well as Nyong’o.
Many, especially South Africans, have taken to social media to express their excitement with the upcoming film and the casting while others said they were disapointed that a South African character would not be played by a South African actor.
Lupita & Trevor are working together to bring #BornACrime to the big screen! African child it is possible! Black child it's possible! I am so excited! #Lupita #Trevor #AfricaRising #BlackExcellence pic.twitter.com/d5k64IzKy3— Ms Leigh (@Simplee_Leigh) February 21, 2018