Netflix has announced the new animated musical film, Sulwe, which is based on Lupita Nyong’o’s #1 New York Times bestselling book of the same name.
The logline: 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 pic will be produced by Nyong’o
“The story of Sulwe is one that is very close to my heart,” she said in a statement.” 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.”
This is the latest in Netflix’s big animation push, which also includes Back to the Outback, and an upcoming Chicken Run sequel and Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio.