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Watch: First Clip From 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor & Thandie Newton

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by Kieran McMahon
April 13, 2013 10:01 AM
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Timed to coincide with the forthcoming release of "Americanah," the third novel from heavy-hitting Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the first look at the adaptation of her prize-winning second novel "Half of a Yellow Sun" has arrived, and a handsome fellow it is too. 

Featuring Thandie Newton and a bearded and dreamy-as-ever Chiwetel Ejiofor, the story follows a couple whose romance takes place against the background of the Nigeria-Biafra conflict. It's directed by first-timer Biyi Bandele, who may not have directed a film before, but comes with serious pedigree as a playwright, novelist and theatre director and is considered (along with Adichie) one of Nigeria's most important writers. Cinematographer John de Borman ("An Education," "The Full Monty") adds further credibility along with a supporting class that includes Anika Noni Rose ("The Princess and the Frog"), Genevieve Nnaji,  John Boyega ("Attack the Block") and Joseph Mawle ("Game of Thrones").

Precious little has been given away about the production so far but the presence of Ejiofor and Newton and the frankly stupendous excellence of the novel are reason enough to keep it on the radar. The clip suggests a pretty polished production and the epic qualities of the story bode well for the adaptation. A possible contender for a Cannes preview showing, expect more to emerge as Adichie hits the literary circuit hard next month for the U.S. release of her novel. Clip below (it starts about 30 seconds in). [Shadow & Act]

 

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30 Comments

  • Mimi | January 15, 2014 11:52 AMReply

    Chima now sounds like another black American that does nothing but complain about being black in america. She should tone off of that subject a little.
    I dont think that people are really paying that much attention to her hair or the complexions of people of color.

  • Ohiagu Johnkennedy C | May 7, 2013 8:48 AMReply

    Great work by one of our finest sisters. behold beauty combined with intelligent. luv Chimamanda adichie

  • may | April 17, 2013 4:47 AMReply

    remember that Olanna, the heroine was educated in Britain at the time, so i guess the "impurity" Thandie's accent here could be excused, although i don't even know if that could pass as British. Good clip! Much respect for Chimamanda...

  • Chi | April 16, 2013 7:06 PMReply

    Thanks chimamanda for showing the world the good side of Nigeria.

  • Chi | April 16, 2013 6:55 PMReply

    I also think Genevieve should have been used.no offence though,just proudly NIGERIAN

  • Olumomento | April 22, 2013 7:50 AM

    Why Genevieve,what's wrong with Chimamanda ?

  • amara | April 16, 2013 1:48 PMReply

    Beautiful!!!.. Thank you Chimamanda, this is what we Nigerians should be recognized for. Very proud of her.

  • Madzidz | April 16, 2013 12:25 PMReply

    OMG I can't wait for this movie to come out.
    Both Thandie and Chewetel don't sound very Nigerian on this clip. I hope they don't disappoint cos I love them both.
    Big up Adichie!

  • Nwokedi Don | April 16, 2013 3:39 AMReply

    Am so proud of you Chimamnda! You are an inspiration. God bless you and the mother that bore you.

  • Mercy Ndukwe | April 15, 2013 4:08 PMReply

    This woman speaks so intelligently.

  • Dumebi | April 15, 2013 4:06 PMReply

    Whoa! Thandie is tested and good according to Chimamanda but damn she is unimpressive in a clip. Chiwetel looks good.

  • Femi Aturu | April 15, 2013 3:49 PMReply

    Chinamanda always inspires me.Proudly Nigerian!!!

  • comment | April 15, 2013 3:37 PMReply

    I don't know why they couldn't just use Genevieve. I think now she has attained international status

  • comment | April 15, 2013 3:37 PMReply

    I don't know why they couldn't just use Genevieve. I think now she has attained international status

  • comment | April 15, 2013 3:37 PMReply

    I don't know why they couldn't just use Genevieve. I think now she has attained international status

  • comment | April 15, 2013 3:37 PMReply

    I don't know why they couldn't just use Genevieve. I think now she has attained international status

  • comment | April 15, 2013 3:37 PMReply

    I don't know why they couldn't just use Genevieve. I think now she has attained international status

  • comment | April 15, 2013 3:36 PMReply

    I don't know why they couldn't just use Genevieve. I think now she has attained international status

  • comment | April 15, 2013 3:36 PMReply

    I don't know why they couldn't just use Genevieve. I think now she has attained international status

  • CT | April 15, 2013 2:09 PMReply

    What a flirtatious interview. Methinks Jon Snow is smitten.

  • ebele | April 15, 2013 1:35 PMReply

    Can't wait for the movie, love Chimamanda

  • Chinwe | April 15, 2013 1:03 PMReply

    So true,
    Our thoughts about one another are still influenced by our skin colour.
    And as Ngozi say's this will not go!!!

    Denying it may insinuate that one is racist!

  • Chizaramekpele | April 15, 2013 12:45 PMReply

    I can't explain the kind of inspiration I get from your books, Chimamanda. I hope someday I will be able to ignore the fear of criticisms and put down my ideas and stories on paper.

  • Dicko | April 15, 2013 12:33 PMReply

    "Hair is political." I love that especially. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has come to stay. The University of Nigeria Nsukka http://unn.edu.ng where she grew up is proud of her.

  • Jaja | April 14, 2013 5:47 PMReply

    Thandie's accent is admittedly unconvincing, but so excited for this. Potential.

  • Tayo | April 14, 2013 1:47 PMReply

    wow! i cant wait to see this movie, i know chimamanda's stuffs r always on point i also congratulate biyi bandele on this one and many more to come.

  • Ebele | April 14, 2013 9:54 AMReply

    Thandie Newton doesn't sound Nigerian in this clip. I think she is an excellent actress, but I don't feel she was the best person for this role.

  • ijeoma | April 14, 2013 1:06 AMReply

    Oh my gush! She is so good...so explicit in her explanations. I bet her films will be sensational. Can't wait to watch them.
    Go Girl! We are proud of you! At least, there is something good about Nigeria.

  • ijeoma | April 14, 2013 1:06 AMReply

    Oh my gush! She is so good...so explicit in her explanations. I bet her films will be sensational. Can't wait to watch them.
    Go Girl! We are proud of you! At least, there is something good about Nigeria.

  • ijeoma | April 14, 2013 1:06 AMReply

    Oh my gush! She is so good...so explicit in her explanations. I bet her films will be sensational. Can't wait to watch them.
    Go Girl! We are proud of you! At least, there is something good about Nigeria.

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