Lupita Nyong’o is hitting Netflix soon. The Oscar-winner’s graphic novel series ‘Sulwe’ has been picked up by the streaming platform as an animated musical.
Written by Nyong’o, ‘Sulwe’ discusses the life of Sulwe, a child who has a skin darker than anyone she knows and all she wants is to be beautiful and bright. One night, she is visited by a shooting star sent by the Night and embarks on a magical journey where she learns the eye-opening story of the sisters Night and Day. The book tells a story about colourism, self-esteem and learning that true beauty comes from within.
Nyong’o published the novel in 2019 via Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers outfit. Its relatable pages surged its patronage in New York, making it one of the bestselling novels of the year.
”The story of Sulwe is one that is very close to my heart,” Nyong’o, who was raised in Kenya, said in a statement. “Growing up, I was uncomfortable in my dark skin. I rarely saw anyone who looked like me in the aspirational pages of books and magazines, or even on TV. It was a long journey for me to arrive at self-love. ‘Sulwe’ is a mirror for dark-skinned children to see themselves, a window for those who may not be familiar with colourism, to have understanding and empathy, and an invitation for all who feel different and unseen to recognise their innate beauty and value. I am thrilled that the book is being adapted into an animated musical that we hope inspires children all around the world to celebrate their uniqueness.”
‘Sulwe’ entry into the Netflix Animation catalog, adds up to the roster of other animated originals heading to the streaming service. Kris Pearn’s ‘The Willoughbys’ is underway alongside Clare Knight and Harry Cripps’ comedy ‘Back to the Outback’. Chris Williams’ ‘The Sea Beast’, Wendy Rogers’ ‘The Magician’s Elephant’, Minkyu Lee’s ‘The Witch Boy’ and ‘Chicken Run’ sequel from Aardman Animations are all in development.
Nyong’o best known for her performance in ’12 Years a Slave’, has starred in other well-received projects including Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’, J.J. Abrams’ 2015 film ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, Jon Favreau’s 2016 film ‘The Jungle Book’ and Ryan Coogler’s 2018 film ‘Black Panther’.
Vashti Harrison is behind the book’s illustration. Nyong’o will produce the animated musical.