Tony Nominee Liesl Tommy Directing “Born a Crime” as Trevor Noah Signs Overall Deal with Viacom

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Yesterday, it was announced that South African comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah signed an overall deal by Viacom to make films and television shows for the Central parent company through the new international production and distribution company called .

The first project in this deal is going to be a film adaptation of Noah’s 2016 book  starring Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o as Noah’s mother, and  — who like Noah, is of South African descent and whom directed Nyong’o in her Broadway debut Eclipsed — will direct the film.

, Viacom’s new film division led by Brian Robbins, will produce the film with Noah and Day Zero along with Mainstay Entertainment’s Norman Aladjem, Derek Van Pelt and Sanaz Yamin, and Nyong’o via her Eba Productions.

Repped by  and , Tommy was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa during Apartheid before moving to the States with her family when she was 15. She has mainly been directing theater with a theatrical version of Disney’s Frozen at Disneyland in California, and producing and directing Eclipsed on Broadway starring Nyong’o and her Black Panther co-star Danai Gurira, for which Tommy received a Tony nomination.

On her Twitter page, Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o posted her excitement to reunite with director :

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