“Orange is the Black” actress, Uzo Aduba, has joined the cast of “Americanah” on HBO Max, and we are super excited about this.
On Tuesday, Lupita Nyong’o described in a tweet how she feels about Aduba’s new role in the forthcoming series.
She captioned the short clip: “How I feel about @UzoAduba joining the #Americanah cast! She will play Aunt Uju.
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) December 18, 2019
The series is based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s best-selling novel of the same name.
Aduba will play Aunty Uju, Ifemelu’s young aunt and confidant.
“Americanah” is a 10-episode limited series that tells the story of Ifemelu (Nyong’o), a self-assured young woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze (Momoh). Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the west, with Ifemelu heading for America, where, despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black. Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead begins living undocumented in London.
Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo will star in the series, with Danai Gurira writing the pilot and serving as showrunner.