Lupita Nyong'o set to partner with Plan B, Potboiler, and D2 to produce and star in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah



New York, NY (May 5, 2014) – Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o along with D2 Productions, Plan B and Potboiler Productions has secured the rights to develop Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah into a major feature film in which Nyong’o will also star. Americanah is the epic love story of young Nigerians, Ifemelu and Obinze; a romance that spans continents, visas, phone cards, and breakups, while exploring the cruelties and the humor of both the modern immigrant experience and the difficulty of finding your way home. The much praised novel was the winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was selected as one of the “Ten Best Books of the Year” by The New York Times Book Review, the BBC, and Newsday.

"It is such an honor to have the opportunity to bring Ms. Adichie's brilliant book to the screen. Page after page I was struck by Ifemelu and Obinze's stories, whose experiences as African immigrants are so specific and also so imminently relatable. It is a thrilling challenge to tell a truly international story so full of love, humor and heart.” says Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o made her feature debut in Steve McQueen's Academy Award® winning film 12 Years a Slave. For her portrayal as Patsey, Nyong'o received the Academy Award® in the category of “Best Supporting Actress” as well as numerous awards such as the Screen Actors Guild® Award and the Critics' Choice Award. This summer she begins production on the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII. Next she will lend her voice to Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book. Nyong'o is also a filmmaker, having served as the creator, director, editor, and producer of the award-winning feature-length documentary, In My Genes, about the treatment of Kenya’s albino population. Nyong’o is represented by D2 Management, CAA and Del Shaw.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the MacArthur Fellowship winning author of the novels Americanah, Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun, the film adaptation of which recently premiered in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. Plan B produced the Academy Award Winning Twelve Years a Slave.

Andrea Calderwood of Potboiler Productions has produced The Last King of Scotland (winner of three BAFTAs and the Academy Award for Forest Whitaker); HBO's multiple EMMY- winning Generation Kill; and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's award-winning Half of a Yellow Sun.

D2 is a management/production company with offices in LA, NY and London representing actors and producing projects in film and television.