South African Director To Control Trevor Noah Movie

South African controller, Liesl Tommy, has been marked to coordinate the extra large screen adjustment of Trevor Noah’s collection of memoirs, Born A Crime.

This is Noah’s first task with Viacom, the parent organization of Comedy Central, and will be discharged through their wander, Day Zero Productions.

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o will star as Noah’s mother. Nyong’o and Tommy have worked together before, on the Broadway production, Eclipsed, for which Tommy received a Tony Award Nomination in 2016. Tommy made history with this nomination as the first woman of colour to ever be nominated for a Tony for Best Director of a Play.Tommy was born in Cape Town, and grew up there, until she moved to Boston, Massachusetts when she was 15-years-old.

She is excited about taking on the project. “When I came home to Cape Town for Christmas in 2016, I gave my father, my brother and uncles Trevor’s book as Christmas presents. I loved it so much, and thought they’d love it too because of the combination of humour and love of family with the Apartheid backdrop. Never in a million years did I imagine I’d one day be directing the film of that book. I’ve spent many years working all over the world, to finally get to come home to South Africa to shoot a project like this is a dream come true.”

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Tommy has directed numerous theatre productions including Les Miserables, Ruined, Party People, The Good Negro and Frozen at the Disney California Adventure Park’s Hyperion Theatre.Her recent television directing work includes an episode of Queen Sugar and Dietland, a new series due to be released later this year.


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