Lupita Nyong’o to narrate new TV documentary

Nyong’o is the first Kenyan actress to win an Oscar. (Reuters picture)

The actress, known for her roles in “Twelve Years a Slave,” “The Jungle Book” and “Black Panther,” has been signed up to narrate the Discovery Channel’s series, “Serengeti,” based on an original idea by the creator of the “American Idol” TV show, Simon Fuller.

“Serengeti,” which will launch later this year and be cut into six parts, is described by the channel as an “innovative series” that focuses on Tanzania’s Serengeti National Wildlife Park, spanning more than 14,000 kilometers.

Lupita Nyong’o will narrate the US version of the program.

Simon Fuller and director John Downer have been working on the project for several years. The two men used “innovative filming techniques in some of Africa’s most treasured regions painting the ultimate portrait of survival,” outlined Discovery, in remarks reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

“Simon and John have created a stunning and unique testament to a place that I have always loved,” said Lupita Nyong’o, currently starring in Jordan Peele’s horror film “Us.” “These beautiful creatures’ stories are universal, and I am honored to help take the audience on their journey.”