Invictus. Long Walk To Freedom. Winnie. We've heard it time again - South Africans' cry against everyone other than their own telling their stories. Now, it turns out that cry has now been heard.
Earlier this year, Lupita Nyong'o announced that she would be executive producer for Trevor Noah's biopic based on his book, Born A Crime. There was slight grumbles about a similar situations to all the other films about South Africans - a South African team wasn't telling the story. Well that's all changed.
South African-born director, Liesl Tommy has been tapped to be the visual lead for the project per an announcement that came via Nyong'o's Twitter.
"Thrilled to share that @LieslTommy is directing the film adaptation of @TrevorNoah's #BornACrime," she tweeted a picture of herself with Tommy. "She's a powerhouse whom I have known & admired for years & directed my broadway debut, Eclipsed. I can't wait & am proud to have a South African woman at the helm of this story."
Tommy quoted the tweet in a way only a South African saying, "Mense. Big news for this Cape Town girl. The gifted @Lupita_Nyongo and the great humanist @Trevornoah? How can there be anything but magic?"
No word on when filming is scheduled to take place or indication of a release date yet.