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Movie Stills

Half of a Yellow Sun movie still

Her oval face was smooth like an egg, the lush colour of rain-drenched earth, and her eyes were large and slanted and she looked like she was not supposed to be walking and talking like everyone else; she should be in a glass case like the one in Master’s study, where people could admire her curvy, fleshy body, where she would be preserved untainted. – Half Of A Yellow Sun

Such are the words used to describe the astounding beauty Olanna, a character brought to life by the Hollywood actress, Thandie Newton. Above is a depiction of a scene from the movie showing Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). I think it’s safe to say that Thandie’s looks aptly matches the idea of Olanna’s loveliness, which is oft touted throughout the novel.

Shooting on the film adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has wrapped up in Nigeria. The eagerly awaited production, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose and AMAA-winner Genevieve Nnaji, was filmed in Calabar, Nigeria. Adichie´s bestselling story is set during the Nigerian-Biafran war during the 1960s. British-Zimbabwean actress Newton, star of films including Mission Impossible II and For Coloured Girls, took on the role of Olanna, with Dream Girls´ Anika Noni Rose playing her plainer twin sister, Kainene. British-Nigerian Golden Globe nominee Ejiofor played the role of revolutionary professor Odenigbo, with John Boyega (who appeared in last year´s Attack The Block) played his houseboy Ugwu. Game Of Thrones´ Joseph Mawle joined the cast as English writer Richard. The project tells an epic love story and weaves together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of war. It revolves around the impact of the war, especially on the lives of top political figures, a professor, a British citizen, and a houseboy. With the departure of the British, the lives of the main characters drastically changed and things were never the same again with the two sisters.

The film is set to come to the big screen in 2013.

Top (l-r): Onyeka Onwenu – Mama, Thandie Newton – Olanna, Joseph Mawle – Richard, Zack Orji

Bottom (l-r): Chiwetel Ejiofor – Odenigbo, Anika Noni Rose – Kainene, John Boyega – Ugwu, Genevieve Nnaji – Ms Adebayo

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