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First Trailer For Film Adaptation Of 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' Arrives!

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 23, 2013 2:59 PM
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Half Of A Yellow Sun

As reported earlier, Biyi Bandele's Half Of A Yellow Sun - a film adaptation of celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize-winning novel of the same name - will make its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The long-awaited, much-anticipated film adaptation, Bandele's feature film directorial debut, stars Thandie Newton, John BoyegaChiwetel EjioforAnika Noni RoseJoseph Mawle and Genevieve Nnaji

Described as an epic love story, here's the official synopsis released by the film's producers which tells us what role each starring actor will play:

... weaving together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of war. Olanna (Newton) and Kainene (Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the “revolutionary professor” Odenigbo (Ejiofor) and his devoted houseboy Ugwu (Boyega) in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises herself when she falls in love with Richard (Mawle) an English writer. Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters, the events of their life loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra an independent republic, ending in chilling violence which shocked the entire country and the world. 

The crew includes award-winning cinematographer John de Borman (An EducationThe Full Monty), production designer Andrew McAlpine (BAFTA winner for The Piano), and Grammy and Ivor Novello nominated artist and composer Ben Onono and RTS award winning Composer Paul Thomson are composing original music for the film.

Half Of A Yellow Sun is a film we've been looking forward to all year, wondering when and where it would eventually debut, after one high profile film festival after the next, came and went, but no Half Of A Yellow Sun sightings. 

So now we look to TIFF in September.

Here's its first trailer... finally (as an aside, 2013 should be a big year for Chiwetel Ejiofor):

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  • anon | September 9, 2013 11:58 AMReply

    ive been waiting for Chiwetel's career to bloom it was only a matter of time he is the new sidney poitier. Hopefully he can start producing aand starring nollywood films one day and help transform the quality of the movies in his motherland and he'll get to play ANY role that is befitting of a thespian like himself.

  • Lauren | August 20, 2013 4:47 PMReply

    Looks absolutely epic! Going to see this for sure.

  • Nikki J | July 24, 2013 8:38 PMReply

    I always have my doubts about novels turned into movies, but this one looks good, and the cast is great. Can't wait to see it. The book was so good, I have high hopes for the movie.

  • Rel | July 24, 2013 7:57 PMReply

    Looks amazing, going to the book store to pick up the novel ASAP

  • The knowledge | July 24, 2013 7:19 PMReply

    You've got the credits wrong. Cobhams and keziah are not involved.

  • spirit equality | July 24, 2013 5:42 PMReply

    Chiwetel's acting is superior throughout this trailer (as usual). The cinematography and wardrobe looks incredible. Looking forward to this one.

  • Beezdablock | July 24, 2013 2:27 PMReply

    Okay, I just can't stand Thandie. But I still want to see this. Kudos to Anika Noni Rose, Chiwetel, and that boy from Attack the Block who's name I never remember: they are amazing actors. This looks interesting!

  • LL2 | August 5, 2013 2:45 AM

    I can understand not being a fan of Thandie Newton but to say you can't stand her is pretty strong language. Did you meet her somewhere and she mistreated you in some way?

  • AccidentalVisitor | July 24, 2013 1:51 PMReply

    Looks disappointingly amateurish. And to make it worse Thandie didn't seem al that convincing.

  • Turner | August 20, 2013 4:48 PM

    WTF were you looking at?

  • Adaeze | July 24, 2013 12:45 AMReply

    im too hype about this movie right now. when i first heard about thandie newton playing the role of olanna i defintely had my doubts, same goes for rose..but after having this visual look into their fit into these well loved characters i remember the high caliber actresses that i am dealing with. im so excited.. i will even buy this movie when it comes out on dvd. one of my favorite books. twilight who? 50 shades of which grey?!

  • judiko | July 24, 2013 12:16 AMReply

    why view these two fine actors - Chiwetel and Idris - as competitors? I think they are both worthy of high praise. I think Idris is attempting to capture Mandela's unique way of speaking.

    Half of a yellow sun is a great book - a real page-turner. And we all know how compelling Madiba's story is. so excited to see both films...

  • David | July 23, 2013 8:29 PMReply

    This movie looks interesting. With that said I would watch anything with Anika Noni Rose in it anyway. She needs higher billing in this.

  • NO BRAINER | July 23, 2013 8:13 PMReply

    The directing doesn't look very professional but the concept revealed to us through this trailer is very compelling. I look forward to seeing this.

  • n | July 23, 2013 4:03 PMReply

    cosign @OJIE , brother i'm the same way right now and the cast is so good too. I for one cannot wait to see this and 'baby' denzel in this too. my boy going places.

  • OLOLOLO | July 23, 2013 3:57 PMReply

    Amazing emotional trailer. Chiwetel's accent is pure Igbo man's accent. You can't even compare it with Idris' forced accent in Mandela. In all, these are great movies putting blacks and Africa on the world map. This movie just shows that with money in place, Nigerian directors can make great quality films. Please, chalk this one as one of the new Nollywood films. After all it's $8 million raised by Nigerians, shot in Nigeria, with Nigerian/British lead actor and cast. Viva Naija!

  • Peace82 | July 23, 2013 3:55 PMReply

    Wow!!!! That trailer's got me in shock!!!!! I need to have a drink before I watch it again! Oh my goodness! When does the movie come out agin!?

  • Ojie | July 23, 2013 3:45 PMReply

    Sorry to do this, but i was almost brought to tears. As a Nigerian who has longed for the day his country would be showcased in the light of quality, words cant express...... Thank you S and A for staying on this project!!

  • ska-triumph | July 23, 2013 3:24 PMReply

    yaaaasssssss. finally. i hope S&A will be able to represent at TIFF this year.

  • JP | July 23, 2013 3:20 PMReply

    Chiwetel is about to take over TIFF. I agree with Nadia about the accent thing. Not everyone is Meryl Streep. As long as they don't sound horribly off (think Halle Berry in Xmen 1), a good story and performance trumps the accent.

  • Nadia | July 23, 2013 3:13 PMReply

    Before folks start complaining, I can't get worked up over the accents thing anymore. At this point I don't expect the actors to get it perfectly right. Just tell me a good story and tell the story well, and as long as I'm engaged, I'm willing to forgive certain things.

    Another thing, compared to Idris' Nelson Mandela film, this one looks a whole lot better IMO. I know they're not telling the same story but both being historically-set films set in Africa, about African people, and about real-life situations, I'll take this one.

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