Hot off the press: Half of a Yellow Sun starts filming

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton

I cannot tell you how terribly pleased I am to discover that I have eyes and ears inside the film crew of Half of a Yellow Sun. So, I will try to bring you all the juicy details as fast as I can over the next few weeks and months.

It is Day 2 of filming in Calabar (Day 1 being Friday) where they are ‘shooting all the post-1967 scenes’. My source does not yet know whether any filming will be done in Nsukka where the book is set.

However all the main stars have arrived: Chiwetel Ejiofor as Odenigbo, Thandie Newton as Olanna, Anika Noni Rose as Kainene and John Boyega as Ugwu. How terribly exciting. (Yes, I am excited. Sue me.)

Anika Noni Rose
John Boyega

14 thoughts on “Hot off the press: Half of a Yellow Sun starts filming

  1. I kinda would have preferred a more Naija-looking person to play Olanna. However, I like Thandie Newton’s acting and I think she’ll do a good job, even if she butchers the accent.

    I wonder if any of the Nollywood kats will get some smaller parts?

  2. Oh this is great. Its finally happening. I know our accents will get butchered but let’s hope Hollywood works its magic.

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