Half of a Yellow Sun to be made into a film starring Thandie Newton, Dominic Cooper and Chiwetel Ejiofor

• Feb 9, 2012 • Tags: ,

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Orange Prize-winning novel is being adapted into a screenplay by Nigerian playwright Biyi Bandele, who famously adapted Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’ for the London stage.

Screen Daily and IdieWire report that financing for the film is being provided by British producers Andrea Calderwood (“The Last King of Scotland,” “Generation Kill”) and Gail Egan (“Happy-Go-Lucky,” “The Constant Gardener”) alongside Nigerian private funding and The British Film Institute (BFI).

If reports are true then the production has lined up an A-List cast to tell Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s Orange Prize-winning story of the Biafran war.

Dominic Cooper is the star of recent hits such as the Oscar-nominated ‘An Education’ in which he starred alongside Carey Mulligan; ‘The Duchess’ in which he played the object of Kiera Knighley’s affections; and most recently ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’.

Thandie Newton is the BAFTA-winning actress famous for her roles in ‘Crash’, ‘Beloved’ and ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’. She has recently read the audiobook for ‘Go The F*** to Sleep’ by Adam Mansbach for Canongate.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is the BAFTA-winning and Golden Globe-nominated star of stage and screen, best known for his 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor-winning  performance in Othello.

Filming is set to begin in March, so my guess is that we will see this released in late 2013 straight into the ‘Oscar-corridor’ in preparation for awards season in early 2014.

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