‘Clemency’ Director Chinonye Chukwu To Helm First Two Episodes Of Lupita Nyong’o HBO Max Series ‘Americanah’ – TCA

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‘Clemency’ Director Chinonye Chukwu To Helm First Two Episodes Of Lupita Nyong’o HBO Max Series ‘Americanah’ – TCA
Chinonye Chukwu, in the awards conversation this season for her Sundance-winning death row drama Clemency, has been set to direct the first two episodes of HBO Max’s Americanah. The 10-episode limited series, written and showrun by Danai Gurira, stars Lupita Nyong’o, Zackary Momoh, Uzo Aduba and Corey Hawkins.

The series will premiere on HBO Max, the upcoming WarnerMedia streaming service set to launch in the spring. The news was revealed during the streamer’s turn Wednesday at the TCA winter press tour.

Based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s bestselling novel, Americanah tells the epic story of Ifemelu (Nyong’o), a self-assured woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze (Momoh). Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the West, with Ifemelu heading for America, where, despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black.
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