Screen Daily is reporting that actress Thandie Newton has signed on to co-star in the upcoming Nigeria-set screen adaptation of author Ngozi Adichie’s novel Half Of A Yellow Sun.


Newton joins busy actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and Dominic Cooper, in the film treatment of Adichie's novel, "[which] charts the period around the Nigerian-Biafran War, 1967-70, and its effects on the lives of a high ranking political figure, a professor, a British citizen and a houseboy".

Screen Daily also reports that "UK producers Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Egan (The Constant Gardener) have recently secured crucial private equity backing from Nigeria in order to move the anticipated project forward. The BFI has also supported the film."

Filming is scheduled to begin in March.