News broke Wednesday that the Oscar-winning actress had boarded the project not only as a star but a producer. She'll play Noah's mother, Patricia, in the movie, which is an adaptation of his memoir, "Born a Crime, Deadline reports. It's a development that both Nyong'o and Noah are thrilled by.
Nyong'o shared in a Feb. 21 tweet that she read Noah's memoir and "could not put the book down." (The book shares stories from Noah's childhood in South Africa at a time when interracial relationships like his parents' were taboo.) She also added that she was excited about starring in and producing the adaptation.
When I read @Trevornoah's "Born A Crime," I could not put the book down. Excited to announce that I will be starring in and producing its feature film adaptation! #BornACrimehttps://t.co/v4AfGe23P5pic.twitter.com/QvrsETIEAc
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) February 21, 2018
In response to Nyong'o's tweet, Noah wrote that he was "in heaven." He didn't specify why, but we assume it's because he is honored to have such a talented actress play such an important woman in his life.
I'm in heaven! https://t.co/wLK81WsIoo
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) February 22, 2018
Along with Nyong'o, Noah is producing the project via his banner Ark Angel Productions. Other producers include Norman Aladjem, Derek Van Pelt, and Sanaz Yamin of Mainstay Entertainment.