I am so here for this! Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o will star in comedian Trevor Noah’s film adaptation of his best-selling autobiography Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.
Our favorite Black Panther Wakandan spy will be playing Trevor’s mother, Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah, a Xhosa woman who had a child with a Swiss-German White man in South Africa…in 1984. That’s right – apartheid was in full effect, so Trevor’s whole existence was a crime, hence the name of the book.
And like most moms, Patricia played the most important role in his life, but besides that, the woman miraculously survived getting shot in the head by her husband. Whoa! There is clearly more to her story than expected.
While reading the book, Lupita said she couldn’t put it down, and yesterday, she announced on social media that she would be joining the cast, and according to Deadline, she will be producing the project as well.
Both Lupita and Trevor are native Africans. Although Lupita was born in Mexico (which is why her first name is “Lupita”), she was raised in Kenya. And Trevor, in every interview he’s been in, has talked about his childhood in South Africa.
Although they are from different countries, Trevor was delighted that the 34-year-old would be portraying his favorite lady in the world. He wrote the sweetest IG post, saying that, “…it’s beyond a perfect fit that she would be portrayed on the big screen by the radiant and regal Lupita Nyong’o.”
Born a Crime has done very well since its release in 2016. Trevor expresses what it felt like to be alive in the ’80s when Black and White people were legally prohibited from procreating in South Africa. Can you imagine what that’s like? Your White father pushing you on to the other side of the street to be with your Black mother to avoid a cop arresting them both and then shipping you off to an orphanage? Although both his mom and dad had to watch their backs until apartheid ended in the early ’90s, Trevor still saw the funny in it all.
In an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last year, Trevor gave some hilarious insight into what his life was like as a mixed African kid.
“For the first six years of my life, I was living a physical crime. Like, I wasn’t allowed outdoors, and writing the book was fantastic because I had to go back through my life,” he said. “I learned things about my life that I didn’t actually know. For instance, I always thought I was an indoor child. It turns out I wasn’t allowed to leave the house because if I was seen in Soweto, which was the area I lived in, the police would see me and go, ‘Oh, that kid, he’s a crime.”
I am beyond excited about this project, are you? You can check out Trevor’s entire interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert below.