Well, the first look at Half of a Yellow Sun, based on the acclaimed novel by celebrated Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has arrived.
Actually, the first look at the adaptation of Adichie’s prize-winning second novel has arrived during the interview with Jon Snow, Channel 4 News, focusing primarily on her new novel, Americanah, which will land on Stateside shores on May 14th, 2013.
Featuring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor with Biyi Bandele directing, a 50-second clip suggests a pretty polished production and the epic qualities of the story bode well for the adaptation.
A supporting cast includes Anika Noni Rose (The Princess and the Frog), Genevieve Nnaji, John Boyega (Attack the Block) and Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones).
The movie is about to get its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month.
Check out the clip below – the teaser starts about 30 seconds in.
Here’s the official synopsis:
… weaving together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of war. Olanna (Newton) and Kainene (Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the “revolutionary professor” Odenigbo (Ejiofor) and his devoted houseboy Ugwu (Boyega) in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises herself when she falls in love with Richard (Mawle) an English writer. Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters, the events of their life loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra an independent republic, ending in chilling violence which shocked the entire country and the world