The Daily Show host Trevor Noah has a bestselling memoir about his life growing up in South Africa and he is bringing that story to the big screen with some big name talent attached.

According to multiple stories in The Hollywood Reporter and others, actress Lupita Nyong’o will star in the adaptation of Noah’s memoir Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. The actress, currently starring as Nakia in Marvel’s Black Panther, will take on the role of Noah’s mother in the film.


Born a Crime tells the story of Trevor Noah’s upbringing in Apartheid South Africa. Noah is producing the project through his Ark Angel Productions company. Noah’s mother is the central figure in the story and it tells of how she conceived Trevor with a white man in South Africa during the regime and how mixed race relationships were punishable by incarceration. In the book, Noah’s mother kept him hidden from the government and taught him to overcome the cycle of poverty and violence that was around him.


There is no writer or director attached to the film at this point, but Nyong’o has expressed her pride in both starring in and producing the film.

More on this story as it develops.



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