Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is keeping herself busy: After landing a role in "Star Wars: Episode VII," the actress has just agreed to star in and produce a new film.
Nyong'o will play the lead in "Americanah," an adaptation of the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The story follows a young Nigerian couple and their struggles as immigrants in the modern world.
"It is such an honor to have the opportunity to bring Ms. Adichie's brilliant book to the screen," Nyong'o said in a statement. "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."
Nyong'o will co-produce alongside Brad Pitt's company, Plan B. Pitt and Nyong'o last collaborated on "12 Years a Slave," which won them both Academy Awards, for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.