In Nigeria, film adaptation of ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ unites diaspora acting talent

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The  film adaptation of author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Orange Prize-winning novel, Half Of A Yellow Sun, is one of nigeria’s most impressive movie productions. The story is centered around a revolutionary university professor, his lover, her twin sister, their houseboy and a British expatriate during the Nigerian-Biafran War ’67-’70.

The star studded cast includes Nigerian-British actors Chiwetel Ejiofor (the revolutionary professor) and Attack the Block‘s John Boyega (the houseboy), Zimbabwean-British star Thandie Newton (Professor’s lover), English actor Dominic Cooper and Nollywood veteran Zack Orji.

Genevieve Nnaji will play the role of a professor who develops a flirtatious relationship with Ejiofor’s character. Also, American actress Anika Noni Rose has been cast to play Newton’s twin sister. Rumor has it that Dominic Cooper who was first cast to play the role of the English ex-pat was replaced by newly cast Game Of Thrones’ star Joseph Mawle.

Half Of A Yellow Sun the movie is directed by Nigerian novelist and playwright Biyi Bandele. According to screendaily, producers Andrea Calderwood (“The Last King of Scotland”) and Gail Egan (“The Constant Gardener”) are producing the film and Yewande Sadiku and Muhtar Bakare are executive producers. Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist Keziah Jones will compose original music for the film.

Principal photography  has begun in Calabar, Nigeria, and  the movie is scheduled to shoot through June 23rd.

  • LAVERNE WEDDINGTON

    I THINK THAT MR.CHIWETEL EJIOFOR IS A WONDERFUL , AN VERY TALENTED ACTOR.