Lupita wins Americanah film rights

Actress to adapt best-selling novel for the screen?

At ELLE, we're huge fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - the author chats to us about a smart woman's right to love fashion in our dazzling July Issue - but it turns out we're not the only ones...

12 Years A Slave' Lupita Nyong'o has confirmed that she has acquired the film rights to Chimamanda's best-selling novel, .

Having previously admitted to being a big fan of Chimamanda's work, the Oscar-winning actress optioned for the rights and won.

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Reportedly, Lupita will produce the film with Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B - with the actress will also starring in the adaptation.

Following this news, Americanah will be the second of Chimamanda's novels to hit the big screens.

The author's first novel, Half of A Yellow Sun, was released last year and starred Chiwetel Ejiofor (the BAFTA-winning 12 Years A Slave's lead).

Americanah is also one of the Baileys' Women's Prize for Fiction shortlisted novels up for an award this year. If you're in the dark - get the lowdown with our guide.

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