Nigeria: Black Panther Star to Feature in Movie Adaptation of Femi Fadugba's Novel

14 August 2020

Daniel Kaluuya, known for his role in the Black Panther, is set to feature in 'The Upper World', a movie adaptation of the novel from Femi Fadugba, a Nigerian-British Oxford graduate with a master's in engineering.

Kaluuya is attached to star in Netflix's feature adaptation of upcoming science-fiction novel 'The Upper World'.

Kaluuya will also produce the Netflix feature adaptation along with Screen Arcade's Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless via their first-look deal at the streamer.

The debut novel from Togo-born Fadugba follows Esso, a man caught in a deadly feud who realizes he has an unexpected gift: access to a world where he can see glimpses of the past and the future. A generation away, Rhia is walking to football practice in 2035, unaware that the mysterious stranger she's about to meet desperately needs her help to avert a bullet fired 15 years ago.

'The Upper World' is the first in a planned series of novels from Penguin U.K. and HarperCollins US, which are expected to publish the book in mid-2021 and early 2022, respectively. Newman brought the property to Netflix.

Fadugba, who will executive produce the Netflix movie, while at Oxford University published papers on quantum physics, and was a Thouron scholar at UPenn.

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