Born a Crime: Lupita Nyong’o to Star in Trevor Noah Movie

Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o will feature as Trevor Noah’s mother, Patricia in a forthcoming movie Born a Crime  .

South African filmmaker Liesl Tommy has been tapped to direct the Noah biopic based on Noah’s book of the same title, which was famously touted by billionaire Bill Gates as a must-read.

Day Zero Productions, Noah's production company will co-produce the film together with Mainstay Entertainment and Nyong’o’s own company Eba Productions. Liesl Tommy is a Tony-nominated director, having worked with Lupita in Eclipse.

As if having a film done based on his name is not enough, the comic and host of famous United States television programme Daily Show, the South African-born and raised Trevor Noah, recently inked a deal with leading media giant Viacom to produce content on a long-term basis.
Lupita Nyong'o

Viacom’s chief executive Robert Bakish is reportedly thrilled to partner Noah because “working with the best, most versatile talent in entertainment is a strategic priority for Viacom”. The partnership will see Viacom, which is the parent company for Comdey Central, invest in Noah’s company.

“I’ve found a strong and incredibly valuable partnership in Viacom. Our shared vision of bringing diverse cultural conversations and exciting creative projects to the forefront of the entertainment industry and to our constantly expanding audience continues to strengthen our relationship,” quipped Noah on his newly minted deal.

The deal is a breakthrough deal for an African comedian and quite possibly the first one of its kind. Ghanain-Liberian stand-up comedian Michael Blackson has come closest to Noah in getting high-profile media attention for his US exploits.

Noah is a shining example of a talent that has been exported right out of Africa. His comedy transcends race and culture. - Online Sources 

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