Trevor Noah’s been making waves ever since he took over for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, but one of his more remarkable achievements has been his autobiography, Born A Crime. The book tells the story of his mixed-race background in South Africa, one that goes one step beyond my own — while I’m the child of two mixed-race parents, Noah was born of an African mother and a white, European father, a union that was effectively illegal during Apartheid-era South Africa. It led to his mother’s imprisonment and his father’s return to Switzerland, though his mother and maternal grandmother eventually raised him together.
It’s a terrific autobiography that’s well worth your time.
Now, it’s going to arrive on the big screen, thanks to a new multi-year deal that Noah signed with Viacom that gives them first look at all of his future projects. The film already has star power attached to it — Noah’s mother, Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah, will be played by Lupita Nyong’o. While there’s no release date yet, there is a director attached — Liesl Tommy, who recently received a Tony Award nomination for directing Eclipsed, which was written by Danai Gurira and starred Nyong’o.
It’s worth noting that, in the interest of full disclosure, Liesl Tommy is also my sister. Which is why I’m desperately trying to write this while not also completely losing my mind.