A scene from the 'Half of a Yellow Sun' movie, featuring stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.
There's a formula for movie trailers: not too much, not too little, just enough to whet the appetite. The almost three-minute preview for the movie adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie's 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction winner, Half of a Yellow Sun, disregards that formula by being too lengthy, inadvertently giving away the twists and turns in the Biyi Bandele-written screenplay. For those who haven't read the acclaimed book, this trailer is a sufficient exposé.
Still, the images from the movie are thrilling, with flashes of believable acting from leads Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton as well as equally solid appearances by John Boyega, Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose and Game of Thrones actor Joseph Mawle. Cast member Genevieve Nnaji doesn't feature in the trailer, fuelling rumours that the scenes in which she appears may have been cut.
Half of a Yellow Sun tells the dramatic story of twin sisters Olanna and Kainene whose lives are radically transformed by the upheaval that stems from the events of the bloody Nigerian Civil War. A release date for the movie has not been announced, but it will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September.