Producers Andrea Calderwood (“The Last King of Scotland,” “Generation Kill”) and Gail Egan (“Happy-Go-Lucky,” “The Constant Gardener”) are set to bring “Half of a Yellow Sun”, the captivating book penned by Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie, to the big screen.
The producers, according to Indie Wire and Screen Daily, have fully financed their adaptation of the bestselling novel, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2007.
In “Half of a Yellow Sun”, Adichie spins a spellbinding tale set during the Nigerian Biafran war of the late 60s.
It follows a university professor full of revolutionary zeal, his lover Olanna, her enigmatic twin sister, a British ex-pat and the professor’s 13-yr-old houseboy Ugwu, all of whom are caught up in the conflict of war.
According to Indie Wire, playwright Biyi Bandele is making his directorial debut with this project. The U.K. based Nigerian writer has enjoyed some success on the London stage, including his adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”.
Now he has assembled a promising star cast to bring Adichie’s written words to life. With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dominic Cooper and Thandie Newton, all signed up for the project, it has got to be a certified hit.
There is no official word and who’s playing what role, but we can only guess Ejiofor would be reprising the role of the somewhat eccentric professor and Thandie Newton is enamored lover.
Indie Wire speculates, and we agree, that Cooper, star of “The Devil’s Double” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” will be playing the role of Brit expat Richard.
Filming for the movie is set to start in March. Aren’t you already eager to see it? We are!