Lupita Nyong'o Departs Apple TV Crime Series 'The Lady in the Lake'

The 'Black Panther' actress drops out of the limited miniseries, which is an adaption of the 2019 novel of the same name by Laura Lippman, as executive producer and co-lead.

AceShowbiz - Lupita Nyong'o has dropped out of the miniseries "The Lady In The Lake". The "Black Panther" actress was due to co-star alongside Natalie Portman and serve as executive producer of the Apple TV+ adaptation of Laura Lippman's 2019 novel.

According to Variety, while Lupita has decided to exit from the series, Natalie remains as co-lead and executive producer and will star alongside Y'Lan Noel, Mikey Madison and Brett Gelman. Filming in Baltimore started one month ago so Lupita will need to be replaced as soon as possible.

"The Lady In The Lake' is set 1960s Baltimore, where housewife turned aspiring reporter Maddie Schwartz (Natalie) pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman.

Alma Har'el, who created the series and co-wrote the screenplay with Dre Ryan, was initially announced to direct all of the episodes of the miniseries. The 46-year-old Israeli-American is best known for her feature film directorial debut with "Honey Boy", which was written by and starred Shia LaBeouf in a semi-autobiographical story based on his childhood and his relationship with his father.

Lupita was previously forced to pull out of another TV role in 2020, when she exited the HBO Max adaptation of the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel "Americanah". At the time, she dropped out of the show due to scheduling issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lupita and Danai Gurira were due to executive produce the project, with Lupita starring and Danai writing and serving as showrunner. It received a 10-episode order from the network, with Uzo Aduba, Corey Hawkins, Zackary Momoh and Tireni Oyenusi co-starring.

However, the series was dropped after Lupita pulled out.

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