Lupita Nyong’o’s debut kids’s ebook will function the inspiration for an upcoming animated musical at Netflix. Deadline confirmed that the Oscar-winning actor’s New York Occasions bestseller, “Sulwe,” is being tailored by the streamer. No phrase on who will write or direct the pic about colorism and self-love.
Printed in 2019, “Sulwe” is illustrated by Vashti Harrison. The ebook follows Sulwe, “a baby who has pores and skin darker than anybody she is aware of (‘Sulwe was born the colour of midnight,’ the ebook begins) — and all she needs is to be lovely and shiny. One night time, she is visited by a capturing star despatched by the Evening and embarks on a magical journey the place she learns the eye-opening story of the sisters Evening and Day. The ebook tells a narrative about colorism, vanity, and studying that true magnificence comes from inside,” the supply particulars.
“The story of Sulwe is one which could be very near my coronary heart,” stated Nyong’o. “Rising up, I used to be uncomfortable in my darkish pores and skin. I hardly ever noticed anybody who seemed like me within the aspirational pages of books and magazines, and even on TV. It was a protracted journey for me to reach at self-love. ‘Sulwe’ is a mirror for dark-skinned kids to see themselves, a window for individuals who will not be conversant in colorism, to have understanding and empathy, and an invite for all who really feel totally different and unseen to acknowledge their innate magnificence and worth. I’m thrilled that the ebook is being tailored into an animated musical that we hope evokes kids all around the globe to have fun their uniqueness,” she emphasised.
“Sulwe” and Netflix have a historical past. Nyong’o read the book on “Bookmarks,” a present from the streamer that sees Black public figures studying kids’s books from Black authors.
Nyong’o gained the Greatest Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014 for “12 Years a Slave” and has since gone on to star in movies similar to “Us,” “Black Panther,” and “Queen of Katwe.” Her upcoming slate consists of “The 355,” a spy thriller with Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger, and Fan Bingbing.