“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is pretty excited to have Lupita Nyong’o play his mom in a new film based on his best-selling memoir, Born A Crime.
At age 35, the Oscar-winning actress is only a year older than Noah, but she’ll play his mom, Patricia, in scenes of his younger days. The movie will chronicle Noah’s upbringing in post-Apartheid South Africa as the child of a white father and black mother.
Noah was on “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday night where he recalled getting a phone call from Nyong’o from the set of “Black Panther”.
“She was actually on the set of ‘Black Panther’ when she was reading my book,” Noah explains to Jimmy Fallon. “And then she called me and she said, ‘Hey, I want to be your mom.’ And I said, ‘I’m sorry, hello, what?'” without providing any context to the comedian.
“I don’t know what that means, but yes,” he continues, adding he can see his mom in the actress.
“And it was great because when I saw Lupita in ‘Black Panther’ and I saw how she kicked everyone’s a**es, I was like, ‘Oh yeah, that reminds me of how my mom used to whip my a**!’” Noah says, calling his mom “the most gangster human being you’ll ever meet.”
So far Nyong’o is the only actor on board the project, which will be produced by Noah.