In case you missed it, Lupita Nyong’o‘s long-awaited adaptation of Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been scrapped by HBO Max.
According to Variety, the series planned to start shooting earlier this year but was set back by the coronavirus pandemic. This, however, forced Nyong’o to leave the project due to scheduling conflicts.
The show received a ten-episode straight-to-series order at the streamer in 2019 after years of adaptation talks. Nyong’o and her ‘Black Panther’ co-star Danai Gurira would both serve as executive producers, with Nyong’o starring and Gurira writing.
Joining Nyong’o was Uzo Aduba, Corey Hawkins, Tireni Oyenusi, and Zackary Momoh and writer, Chinonye Chukwu as director of the first two episodes. Nyong’o and Gurira had also previously planned to adapt the novel into a film co-starring David Oyelowo.
Earlier this year, Nyong’o was hosted to dinner with the entertainment industry in Lagos, with the Oscar winner sharing her plans for the series, including the fact that she’ll be learning Igbo and pidgin.
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