Danai Gurira's Americanah Series, Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Not Moving Forward at HBO Max

HBO Max’s adaptation of the novel Americanah has fully hit the brakes, now that COVID-related delays have led to a scheduling conflict for series lead Lupita Nyong’o.

Ordered to series in September 2019 and originally set to begin filming earlier this year — with Nyongo’s Black Panther castmate/Walking Dead alum Danai Gurira penning the pilot and showrunning the 10-episode adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s bestseller — Americanah follows a Nigerian woman named Ifemelu (Nyong’o) and “her extraordinary experiences with love, heartache, adversity and self-discovery” as she travels to America, per the official synopsis.

The cast also included Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), Corey Hawkins (24: Legacy), Zackary Momoh (Seven Seconds) and Tireni Oyenusi, while Nyong’o would have also served as an executive producer alongside Gurira.

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Our sister site Variety first reported on the series being scrapped.

Americanah would have marked a rare TV role for Nyong’o, who in 2014 won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave.

Gurira, meanwhile, has since wrapped a lengthy run as Michonne on AMC’s The Walking Dead.

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