These Black Panther stars are collaborating on an incredible new project

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Moya Lothian-McLean
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We can’t wait for this to hit our television screens.

The reign of Black Panther at the box office has only just begun, but two of the leading women of Wakanda have already announced their next project – and it’s one that will cause a lot of excitement. 

In an interview with E! News, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira confirmed they will be reuniting to work together, but this time on TV. The pair will work on an adaptation of Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acclaimed 2013 novel follows the lives of two Nigerians from their teenage relationship to their parallel encounters with race and identity in Western nations.

Nyong’o has held the rights to the book since 2014, revealed by Adichie herself exclusively to Stylist four years ago. Over the years, various actors have been attached to the 35-year-old’s attempts to bring the book to the big screen including Nyong’o’s A Wrinkle in Time co-star David Oyelowo, and Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B. Now Americanah will become a miniseries, with Gurira penning the script and Nyong’o taking the lead role of blogger Ifemelu.

It’s not their first rodeo either. Americanah will be the third time the pair has collaborated. In 2016, Nyong’o played an abducted Liberian girl in Gurira’s play Eclipsed – a production that resulted in both women receiving Tony Award nominations. 

They’re also best friends. Last year the pair threw a joint birthday party (themed around the 1988 Eddie Murphy film Coming to America) and yesterday Gurira surprised Lupita with birthday cupcakes after Nyong’o presented her with an ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Award.

“It is such an honour to have the opportunity to bring Ms Adichie’s brilliant book to the screen,” Nyong’o said after acquiring the rights to Americanah. “Page after page, I was struck by Ifemelu and Obinze’s stories, whose experiences as African immigrants are so specific and also so imminently relatable. It is a thrilling challenge to tell a truly international story so full of love, humour and heart.”

Images: Rex Features