Lupita Nyong’o children's book 'Sulwe' to be adapted by Netflix
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Netflix is set to adapt Academy Award honoree Lupita Nyong'o children's book 'Sulwe' as an animated musical. The Oscar-winning actress penned down her own experiences of growing up when she did not have any representation in the media for her to be proud of her skin colour. The best selling storybook tells the story of a girl who is made to feel proud of her skin and learn about colourism. The animated musical joins a slate of other musicals that are in the making such as Guillermo Del Toro's Pinnochio' and the recent adaptation of the Redwall series of author Brian Jacques.
Illustrated by Vashti Harrison, the book published in October 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and was a New York Times bestseller. Sulwe tells the story of a girl whose skin colour matches the colour midnight and all she wants to be is to be beautiful and bright. One night, she is visited by a shooting star sent by Night and the little girl then embarks on a journey where she learns the story of the sisters, Day and Night. Details about the film as of now is scarce.
Telling Deadline about this venture, Nyong'o said, "The story of Sulwe is one that is very close to my heart...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 recognize 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.".