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The Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s autobiography Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood is being adapted for the big screen, and Lupita Nyong’o has been confirmed for the role of Noah’s mother, Patricia.
When Noah was born in South Africa in 1987, the very fact of his birth was a crime. His mother Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah was imprisoned and fined, due to the fact that she was black and Noah’s father, Robert was white. Robert moved back to his native Switzerland, and Patricia subsequently had two relationships, both of which were abusive. The second relationship ended in her estranged husband shooting her in the head, an attack which she miraculously survived.
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Trevor Noah will produce the film along with Norman Aladjem, Derek Van Pelt, and Sanaz Yamin of Mainstay Entertainment, and Lupita Nyong’o.
Noah’s book was released in 2016 and has won the James Thurber Prize for American Humor as well as two NAACP Image Awards. His follow-up memoir will be released this coming November.
Lupita Nyong’o is also attached to an upcoming adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book Americanah, which Nyong’o will produce and star in.
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