Netflix Announces New Animated Musical SULWE Produced By Lupita Nyong’o

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone she knows. All she wants is to be beautiful and bright. One night, Sulwe is visited by a shooting star sent by the Night, and embarks on a magical journey where she learns the eye-opening story of the sisters Night and Day. Sulwe is a story about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.


“The story of Sulwe is one that is very close to my heart. Growing up, I was uncomfortable in my dark skin. I rarely saw anyone who looked like me in the aspirational pages of books and magazines, or even on TV. It was a long journey for me to arrive at self-love. Sulwe is a mirror for dark-skinned children to see themselves, a window for those who may not be familiar with colorism, to have understanding and empathy, and an invitation for all who feel different and unseen to recognize their innate beauty and value. I am thrilled that the book is being adapted into an animated musical that we hope inspires children all around the world to celebrate their uniqueness.” – Lupita Nyong’o, pictured to the left as a child
  • Based on the Book by: Lupita Nyong’o, with illustrations by Vashti Harrison; SULWE is a #1 New York Times bestselling picture book published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
  • Produced by: Lupita Nyong’o
  • Earlier this year, Lupita Nyong’o read Sulwe as part of Bookmarks – a live action series that features prominent Black celebrities and artists reading children’s books from Black authors that highlight the Black experience. The episode is available for streaming now via Netflix and Netflix Jr. Youtube channel.
  • Sulwe joins Netflix’s fast growing original slate of animated features which includes Academy Award nominated Klaus, Kris Pearn’s The Willoughbys, Oscar winner Glen Keane’s Over the Moon; as well as the Fall 2021 comedy Back to the Outback directed by Clare Knight and Harry Cripps, Richard Linklater’s Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Adventure, Chris Williams’ The Sea Beast, Henry Selick’s Wendell & Wild, Nora Twomey’s My Father’s Dragon, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Wendy Rogers’ The Magician’s Elephant, Minkyu Lee’s The Witch Boy, an Aardman sequel to Chicken Run and a Redwall film and event series.
LUPITA NYONG’O is a Kenyan actress, producer and bestselling author. She made her feature debut in Steve McQueen’s Academy Award® winning film “12 Years a Slave,” for which she received the Academy Award® for her performance as Patsey – as well as multiple accolades including the Screen Actors Guild® Award, the Critics’ Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award, and the NAACP Award. In 2019, Nyong’o starred as dual characters, Adelaide and Red, in Jordan Peele’s “Us,” for which she received the Screen Actors Guild nomination, as well as NY Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. Nyong’o’s debut book Sulwe earned a #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller list within the first two weeks of release. Upcoming, Nyong’o stars in Universal’s female-driven spy thriller THE 355, and BORN A CRIME, the biopic she will produce based on Trevor Noah’s New York Times best-selling book of the same name. She is set to reprise her role as Nakia in the sequel to Marvel’s BLACK PANTHER. In March 2021, Nyong’o will star in The Public Theater’s bilingual audio adaptation of “Romeo y Julieta” alongside Juan Castano. The podcast production will be presented in partnership with New York Public Radio.
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