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The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o’s HBO Max series no longer moving forward

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Lupita Nyong’o had planned to star in a series written by Danai Gurira (Picture: Getty Images)

A planned series starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira will no longer be going ahead.

Americanah was set to be a 10-episode feature, based on the novel of the same name by Ngozi Adichie, and was to be released to the US streaming service HBO Max.

The series would have seen Lupita star as Ifemelu, a young woman who had fallen for a schoolmate, Obinze, while in Nigeria. The two would later become separated as they grew older, with Obinze living a ‘undocumented life’ in London, while Ifemelu learns about what it means to be a black woman in the United States.

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Danai – who recently left The Walking Dead after starring in the AMC show for eight years – was set to be showrunner, and had written the pilot. Both Danai and Lupita would have also served as executive producers, with the two previously co-starring together in the Marvel film Black Panther.

However, a rep for HBO Max has confirmed to Metro.co.uk that the project has been shelved, explaining ‘Lupita had to drop out because of scheduling issues’.

The show had received a straight-to-series order by the platform in 2019 and was set to begin filming earlier this year, but the coronavirus pandemic had led to the production dates being pushed back.

Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong'o
Danai and Lupita previously co-starred in the Marvel film Black Panther (Picture: Getty Images)

Lupita, 37, had previously planned to adapt the novel into a film, in which she would have starred alongside David Oyelowo. However, she announced that it would instead be adapted into a series in 2018.

The project would have also seen the likes of Zackary Momoh, Uzo Aduba and Corey Hawkins, who co-starred alongside Danai in The Walking Dead, appear on screen.

It comes after many other shows on a host of networks have also been cancelled, due in part to the ongoing pandemic.

Despite previously ordering a fourth and final season, Netflix recently announced that GLOW will be cancelled, while the streaming service has also axed The Society and I Am Not Okay With This after both shows aired one season only.

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira for further comment.

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