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By Oluwatobi Opusunju

Lupita Nyong’o is to star in and produce a movie based on South African comedian Trevor Noah’s autobiography, “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood”.

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She announced this on her Instagram page, saying “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! #BornACrime.”

In the movie, the Oscar-winning actress will play the comedian’s mother, Patricia, who gave birth to the Comedian mixed race, when it was illegal for children to be born with parents of different races during Apartheid.

According to Deadline, Noah’s mom “served as an important figure to her son in his formative years” and was shot in the head by his stepfather while returning from a church service in 2009, but survived.

The book, “Born A Crime” which was released in 2016 has spent 26 weeks on the bestseller list and has won the James Thurber Prize for American Humor and two NAACP Image Awards.

The movie adaptation of the book will be produced through the comedian’s Ark Angel Productions alongside Norman Aladjem, Derek Van Pelt and Sanaz Yamin of Mainstay Entertainment, and Lupita Nyong’o.

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