Serengeti: Lupita Nyong’o and John Boyega to Narrate New Series on African Wildlife

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Lupita Nyong’o and John Boyega have been chosen to narrate the upcoming wildlife series Serengeti, which will air on TV in the U.S. and U.K. Nyong’o will be narrating the U.S. version, while Brits will hear Boyega’s voice, Deadline reports.

The six-part cable series will cover a year in the linked lives of different types of wildlife in Africa’s Serengeti region in Tanzania, using drone technology and creative camera work to get us up close and personal with all our favorite ferocious animals. According to Deadline, American Idol creator Simon Fuller is producing the project with award-winning BBC wildlife filmmaker John Downer, who is also the director, according to Shadow and Act.

“Simon and John have created a stunning and unique testament to a place that I have always loved,” said Nyong’o, Deadline reports. “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,” Fuller said. “We are so proud to be working with such an extraordinary artist on this show that means so much to us.”

Serengeti will premiere later this year on the Discovery Channel and BBC One.

Correction: Sept. 22, 2019, 6:23 p.m. ET: This story has been edited to clarify that both Simon Fuller and John Downer are producers, as well as to remove unattributed text and to add fuller sourcing.

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As an avid rewatcher of the BBC’s Planet Earth narrated by David Attenborough, I’m going to watch the hell out of this. The choice of Lupita, in particular, is an absolutely inspired choice for a program like this.