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Lupita Nyong'o to play Trevor Noah's mother in film

TEAMING UP: Lupita Nyong'o and Trevor Noah (Photo credit: NEIL RASMUS/BFA/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK)

FRESH OFF the heels of her starring role in Black Panther, actress Lupita Nyong'o has announced that she will star in Born a Crime, the film adaptation of The Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s bestselling debut autobiography Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.

According to Deadline, Nyong’o will play Noah’s mom, Patricia, who served as an important figure to her son in his formative years. She was shot in the head by his stepfather while returning from a church service in 2009, but survived.

Noah is producing the project through his Ark Angel Productions alongside Norman Aladjem, Derek Van Pelt and Sanaz Yamin of Mainstay Entertainment, and Nyong’o.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood spent 26 weeks on the bestseller list and has won the James Thurber Prize for American Humor and two NAACP Image Awards.

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