’12 Years A Slave’ Stars Line Up New Projects

By June 7, 2014

Looks lik 12 Years A Slave stars Chiwatel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o are gonna be busy, busy bees for quite a while.

Oscar nominee Chiwatel Ejiofor is developing a film called Marching Powder as a starring vehicle, based on the book “Marching Powder: A True Story Of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America’s Strangest Jail” by Thomas McFadden and Rusty Young. In the film, Ejiofor will play convicted English drug trafficker Thomas McFadden, who is sought out by Australian journalist Rusty Young in his current home of San Pedro Prison in Bolivia. After hearing about McFadden’s life in prison while on a backpacking tour of South America, Young bribes his way into the prison, paying the guards to let him live there and be McFadden’s cellmate so they can document what Deadline calls “one of the strangest and most compelling prison stories of all time.”


The story details how inmates pretty much ran the prison (pictured above) where they had to buy their cells from real estate agents. Shops and restaurants were inside, women and children lived in the cells with their jailed family members, corrupt politicians and drug lords languished in luxury, and of course, there were quite a few cocaine labs. The story is just so seriously bizarre that I can’t wait to see it.

Meanwhile, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o was cast in Star Wars: Episode VII a mere week ago, and she just recently signed on to produce and star in a film based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book “Americanah,” with Plan B (Brad Pitt’s production company, who produced 12 Years A Slave) co-producing.


According to The Wrap, “Americanah” focuses on Ifemelu and Obinze, two young Nigerians in love “whose romance spans continents, visas, phone cards and breakups” while dealing with the good, bad and sometimes funny experiences of being an immigrant and how it can sometimes be hard to make your way home again.

Nyong’o is more than excited for the chance to take on the project, saying:

It is such an honor to have the opportunity to bring Ms. Adichie’s brilliant book to the screen. Page after page I was struck by Ifemelu and Obinze’s stories, whose experiences as African immigrants are so specific and also so imminently relatable. It is a thrilling challenge to tell a truly international story so full of love, humor and heart.

Well, it looks like my cup of tea, so I’m looking forward to it! What do you think? Do these two films sound good to you?

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