Sulwe, the children’s book released in 2019 by actress Lupita Nyong’o, is being filmed by Netflix. The streaming service turns the bestseller into an animated musical, reports Deadline Thursday.
The book is about the girl Sulwe, who has a skin color that is darker than the people around her and the girl is not happy about that. One night she is visited by a shooting star, who takes her on a magical journey. Sulwe gets to know the Night and Day sisters and learns wise lessons about self-love and that true beauty comes from within.
The picture book, which has not yet been published in Dutch, was added to the bestseller list The New York Times. Nyong’o is happy that her book is being made into a film.
“I am very fond of this story,” said de 12 Years a Slave-actress. “As a girl I was never happy with my dark skin. In books, magazines and on television I rarely saw people who looked like me and it took me a while to accept myself.”
The actress is therefore happy that her story will now reach a larger audience. “I hope it helps children around the world realize that they are unique.”
Nyong’o won an Oscar in 2014 for her performance in 12 Years a Slave. She was also featured on the Netflix show Bookmarks, in which black celebrities read from children’s books written by black authors.
When Sulwe can be seen on the streaming service, is not yet known.