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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton On Board For Screen Adaptation of Ngozi Adichie's "Half Of A Yellow Sun"

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by Emmanuel Akitobi
January 25, 2012 10:35 AM
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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.

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20 Comments

  • Epatric | January 28, 2012 8:10 PMReply

    Also Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris, who I think are both outstanding actors, have been playing African American actors for a long time and no one seems to have a problem with that... Just saying.

  • Boomslang | January 29, 2012 8:15 AM

    SMH! There are plenty of infos online for you to take a gander at. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiwetel_Ejiofor . He has played race neutral roles , african roles ( 2 completely different ones ) , diasporan roles of all sorts and african american was only one of the many.Idris has a similar body of work also.

    Auntie Jill Scott played Precious Ramotswe in Botswana . Forrest withaker played idi amin , Derek Luke played an african lead and Jennifer Hudson dressed up as Winnie . those are only lead roles because generally the rest of the main cast in each movie was african american and the backdrop was the countless of african walking in and out of the sets.
    Morgan Freeman and Terrance Howard have both played Nelson Mandela.Danny Glover , Lawrence Fishburne, Gina Torress , Anika .The list is so long , I could be typing until tomorrow afternoon if had time to waste.

    The majority of African american hollywood leads have each played an african at one point or another.

    Lastly if Chiwi is to playing an african american character instead of Bill Mitchell in the inside man, he'll probably be Latay' Veyon Mitchell ; similarly if he was Jamaican he'll certainly be Orville Mitchell kapeesh ?

    We will be having this discussion when Wentworth Miller and Soledad O'brian will play MLK and Coretta. Since blood quantum is a non issue.

    Sincerely,

    A sandal-wearing post racialisto.

  • Epatric | January 28, 2012 8:07 PMReply

    ...Isn't Nigeria one of the countries where one of the leading cosmetic products skin lightening creams? And movies are about how we like to perceive ourselves right? I'm just asking...

  • AO | January 28, 2012 7:24 PMReply

    With all the wonderful Nigerian actresses, many of them actually Igbo, you think one of them would have been cast to play the lead.

  • Nicole | January 26, 2012 8:45 PMReply

    I've been looking forward to the right folks taking on this challenge for so long, hopefully using some good nigerian actors/actresses. Now all that I can say is that I am disappointed.

  • Ashley Akunna | January 26, 2012 8:39 PMReply

    http://www.change.org/petitions/the-casting-of-thandie-newton-in-half-of-a-yellow-sun-reconsider-casting-of-half-of-a-yellow-sun

  • Wordblaze | January 26, 2012 6:26 PMReply

    Adepero Oduye is not only 100% Naija....she's a phenomenal actor. sigh. ah well.

  • Nadell | January 26, 2012 1:10 AMReply

    I'll be looking forward to this!

  • Dizzle | January 25, 2012 11:49 PMReply

    I'd have preferred to see Sophie Okonedo instead of Thandie. This would also be a great way to propel one of the better Nigerian actresses into the Hollywood limelight.

  • Ashley Akunna | January 25, 2012 6:35 PMReply

    Thandie Newton does not look like any Igbo woman I have ever seen in my life. Why a bi-racial actress?

  • Asantewaaspeaks | January 30, 2012 2:34 PM

    I agree with Ashley. I do not know about there being "tons" of biracial igbo women in Nigeria. Moreover, the books' characters are not biracial. The book actuallys says that they are dark. There are so few "black" looking women on television and in movies and it is sad that a biracial woman has been cast as a full blooded Igbo woman. Yes this is the type of casting and media portrayal that contributes to the immense problem of skin bleaching in Nigeria and elsewhere. When Sophie Okenedu played the lead role in "Skin" it made sense. This does not make any sense. I have signed the petition.

  • Dawodu | January 27, 2012 1:57 PM

    Why not a biracial woman? There are tons of biracial Igbo women. Besides, I think Thandie does her best work when she plays an African rather than an American.

  • Shola Akinnuso | January 25, 2012 4:34 PMReply

    Love the book. LOVE THE BOOK...but not seeing how Thandie Newton fits in here...
    She's a great actress, though so we'll see. I'm just thrilled to see more work from Mr. Ejifor...

  • Afrostyling | January 25, 2012 12:55 PMReply

    @ dami , i agree. This would be a great role for Yaya DaCosta

  • ANONYMOUS | January 25, 2012 12:31 PMReply

    Good luck filming in Nigeria. I hope Boko Haram doesn't find out.

  • damilola | January 25, 2012 12:27 PMReply

    yaya dacosta would have been perfect to play one of the sisters. i hope thandie's not :(

  • Melissa | January 25, 2012 11:38 AMReply

    I love the book but I agree with Ninag.

  • Afrostyling | January 25, 2012 11:23 AMReply

    Thandie playing a Nigerian? Na wa!

  • NinaG | January 25, 2012 11:04 AMReply

    yessss!!!!! I'm so excited to see this project is moving forward.

  • NinaG | January 25, 2012 11:05 AM

    but wait...Thandie isn't playing one of the sisters, is she??? Hopefully they'll have Nigerian actresses.

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