Beloved actor Lupita Nyong’o is already an award-winning narrator devoted to protecting wildlife in Africa. the short documentary, supported by The Tiffany & Co. Foundation won top honors in the Virtual Reality/360° Storytelling category at the 2018 Jackson Hole Science Media awards.
Now the articulate, multi-dimensional, Oscar winner, currently making headlines for her role in Jordan Peele’s latest movie ‘Us’, has signed on to narrate the American version of a new “innovative series” ‘Serengeti’ for the Discovery channel. The six-part series, a joint venture of Discovery Channel and BBC One, is the vision of ‘American Idol’ creator Simon Fuller and Emmy winner director John Downer. ‘Star Wars’ actor John Boyega will narrate the British version.
Fuller and Downer have worked together on ‘Serengeti’ for several years; their team is said to have used "innovative filming techniques in some of Africa's most treasured regions painting the ultimate portrait of survival,” writes The Hollywood Reporter.
We have no idea if these filming techniques will take us up and over the Serengeti’s majestic terrain — by plane or hot air balloon. That could be a glorious experience on a big screen. ‘Serengeti’ is not for faint-hearted romantics, however.
The show also features original music as it showcases "Africa's unimaginable beauty [and] its equally unforgiving brutality." Viewers also will see the challenges that the animals face on a daily basis on the Serengeti, such as a lioness trying to provide for her small cubs after being exiled from her pride, and gain insight into how the animal experience isn't so different from the human experience.
Simon and John have created a stunning and unique testament to a place that I have always loved,” said Nyong’o. “These beautiful creatures’ stories are universal, and I am honored to help take the audience on their journey.
"Lupita brings pure magic to Serengeti, her sensitivity and passion for nature shines through in every word she speaks. We are so proud to be working with such an extraordinary artist on this show that means so much to us,” added Fuller.