Award-winning filmmaker, Chinonye Chukwu will direct the first two episodes of ‘Americanah’, a limited series based on Chimamanda Adiche’s seminal novel, starring Lupita Nyong’o.
The Nigerian-American is the director behind the critically-acclaimed film ‘Clemency’, which won her the 2019 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, making her the first Black woman to win the award.
This development comes after it was announced that actor, Corey Hawkins, would be joining the star-studded cast as Blaine, Ifemelu’s (Nyong’o) present-day boyfriend who is a professor at Yale.
Actress Danai Gurira wrote the pilot and is the series’ show runner.
Chukwu is also slated to direct the upcoming film, ‘A Taste of Power’, based on the life of Black Panther leader, Elaine Brown.
Americanah will premiere on the upcoming streaming platform HBO Max, which is set to launch later this year.