Chiwetel Ejiofor & Thandie Newton’s ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ to Hit U.S. in May 2014

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Odenigbo and Thandie Newton as Olanna in 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' (2014)

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Odenigbo and Thandie Newton as Olanna in ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ (2014)

Half Of A Yellow Sun , an epic Nigerian drama starring Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor ( 12 Years A Slave ) and Thandie Newton ( For Colored Girls ), is set for a U.S. premiere on May 16th in New York City.

The Biyi Bandele -directed film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ‘s 2007 wartime novel follows twin sisters, Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose), who return from their English educations to a country torn to pieces during the Nigerian-Biafran War (1967-1970).

Half Of A Yellow Sun also stars Onyeka Onwenu , Joseph Mawle ( Game of Thrones ), Hakeem Kae-Kazim ( Hotel Rwanda ), and John Boyega ( Attack the Block ).

The film premiered in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival , followed by the London Film Festival , AFI Fest , the Dubai International Film Festival , and U.K’s Glasgow Film Festival in March.

Produced by Andrea Calderwood ( The Last King of Scotland ) and Gail Egan ( The Constant Gardener ), along with Slate Films, Shareman Media , British Film Institute (BFI), and Lipsync Productions , the film was shot across five weeks in Tinapa Studio, Calabar and Creek Town, Nigeria on a roughly $7.7 million budget. It was picked up for distribution by Monterey Media in January 2014 .

The New York City premiere at Quad Cinema on May 16th will be preceded by theater releases in the U.K. on April 11th and Nigeria on April 25th. A nationwide roll out in the U.S is estimated for July 2014. Enjoy a trailer and a couple clips from the film below.

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