Actress Lupita Nyong'o speaks on stage at the 2014 Massachusetts Conference for Women
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December 15, 2014 1:02 PM EST

Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o and recent Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo have been cast in the film version of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah.

The casting, reported by Variety, is another step forward for the cinematic adaptation of Adichie’s celebrated book, which the New York Times Book Review deemed one of 2013’s 10 best. Americanah tells the story of Ifemelu and Obinze, two lovers in Nigeria who reflect on their relationship and experiences emigrating to America and the United Kingdom, respectively.

Nyong’o has been attached to the project since June. Oyelowo just signed on, after recently appearing in Interstellar, A Most Violent Year, and Selma, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.


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