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Born a Crime (upcoming film)

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Born a Crime
Directed byLiesl Tommy
Produced by
  • Trevor Noah
  • Norman Aladjem
  • Derek Van Pelt
  • Lupita Nyong’o
  • Sanaz Yamin
Screenplay byJanine Eser
Based onBorn a Crime
by Trevor Noah
StarringLupita Nyong’o
Paramount Players
Day Zero Productions
Mainstay Entertainment
Comedy Central Films
Eba Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
CountryUnited States

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Born a Crime is an upcoming American autobiographical film directed by Liesl Tommy, based on Trevor Noah’s autobiographical novel of the same name.


Patricia Nombuyiselo raises Trevor Noah during and after apartheid.


  • Lupita Nyong’o as Patricia Nombuyiselo
  • TBA as Trevor Noah



On February 21, 2018, Trevor Noah will produce the film adaptation of his novel “Born a Crime” through his Day Zero Productions with Lupita Nyong’o, Norman Aladjem, Derek Van Pelt and Sanaz Yamin producing the film.[1] In March 2018, Nyong’o revealed that her Eclipsed director Liesl Tommy was hired to direct the film.[2] On April 16, 2019, Janine Eser was hired to write the script.[3]


On February 21, 2018, Nyong’o is set to star as Patricia Nombuyiselo in the film.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 N'Duka, Amanda (February 21, 2018). "Lupita Nyong'o To Star In 'Born A Crime' Based On Trevor Noah's Memoir". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  2. Clement, Olivia (March 27, 2018). "Tony Nominee Liesl Tommy to Direct Trevor Noah Biopic Starring Lupita Nyong'o". Playbill.com. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  3. N'Duka, Amanda (April 16, 2019). "Janine Eser To Pen Trevor Noah's 'Born A Crime' Film Starring Lupita Nyong'o". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 12, 2020.

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