Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton and Dominic Cooper to Star in ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’

Chiwetel_EjioforNot to place too large an emphasis on this story, but it could very well be the SOLITARY factor in the achievement of an eternal state of world peace and international cultural tolerance.

It’s always interesting, from and artistic perspective, and encouraging, from a cultural one, when films from countries with which our nation does not have a great deal of artistic collaboration come into our radar. Nigeria, which fosters a thriving film industry, is providing both the focus and the finances of an upcoming movie adaptation of the novel Half of a Yellow Sun, by writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a native of the country. The film, which is tacking on British producers, has achieved few London-born stars who have earned substantial notoriety here in the U.S.: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton and Dominic Cooper.

The story of Adichie’s novel examines the lives of several Nigerian citizens—a university professor, a laborer and some political figures among them—during the time period of, and that immediately prior to, the Nigerian-Biafran War, which took place from 1967 to 1971. Ejiofor, known best in America for his roles in films like Inside Man, American Gangster2012 and Salt, will portray Prof. Odenigo. Accompanying Ejiofor’s character are a lover named Olanna (Newton) and a British student abroad in Nigeria (Cooper).

Writer Biyi Bandele-Thomas is making his directorial debut with the Half of a Yellow Sun adaptation.

Source: Indiewire

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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