Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira's 'Americanah' adaptation gets series order at HBO Max

Actress Danai Gurira (right) and Lupita Nyong'o (left) walk the red carpet at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 27, 2019. ― AFP pic
Actress Danai Gurira (right) and Lupita Nyong'o (left) walk the red carpet at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 27, 2019. ― AFP pic

LOS ANGELES, Sept 14 ― The Black Panther stars will reunite for the drama based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's best-selling novel.

HBO Max has ordered ten episodes of the limited series.

Lupita Nyong'o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Us) will star in Americanah. Danai Gurira (Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther) wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's award-winning 2013 novel Americanah centres on Nigerian-born Ifemelu (Nyong'o), who as a young girl in Nigeria, falls in love with her classmate Obinze.

Both depart their military-ruled country for the West; Ifemelu heads for university in the US, where, despite achieving professional success, she must grapple with racism, adversity and her own identity. Meanwhile, Obinze, denied a visa after 9/11, ends up an undocumented immigrant in London.

The series will be executive-produced by Gurira, Nyong'o for Eba Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Andrea Calderwood for Potboiler Television, Didi Rea and Danielle Del for D2 Productions, and Nancy Won. ― AFP-Relaxnews

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