Trevor Noah’s Autobiographical Film Finally has a Director

Liesl Tommy. Photo by Matteo Prandoni/REX/Shutterstock (5729099ry)

Trevor Noah is keeping the forthcoming film about his life local.

It was announced in February that the autobiography penned by the South African comedian would be turned into a film.

Black Panther actress, Lupita Nyong’o, has already come on board to play Trevor’s mother, Patricia, as well as serve as co-producer alongside The Daily Show host.

Born a Crime has now been given a director, with South African, Liesl Tommy, set to helm the project.

She has previously worked with Lupita on the Broadway production, Eclipsed, for which she made history by becoming the first woman of color to be nominated for a Tony Award for Best Director of a Play.

Liesl has expressed much excitement about the film, saying, “When I came home to Cape Town for Christmas in 2016, I gave my father, my brother and uncles Trevor’s book as Christmas presents. I loved it so much and thought they’d love it too because of the combination of humor and love of family with the Apartheid backdrop. Never in a million years did I imagine I’d one day be directing the film of that book. I’ve spent many years working all over the world, to finally get to come home to South Africa to shoot a project like this is a dream come true.”

As they say in SA — local is lekker.