The Academy Award winner, Lupita Nyong’o has reportedly met with director J.J. Abrams and is in talks to appear in the upcoming sequel film Star Wars: Episode VII. This news was first reported by Latino Review but The Hollywood Reporter has chimed in with new details.
“Add Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o to those meeting for the part of the female lead in Star Wars: Episode VII. Sources say that Nyong’o met with J.J. Abrams only a few weeks ago, just before the Academy Awards where she took home the statuette for best supporting actress for her work in 12 Years a Slave. Nyong’o’s next moves post-12 Years are generating much tongue-wagging as she takes the steps to firm up a film career that has basically started off with a bang … Her stardom has closely been building throughout the awards season and in the last few weeks she found herself in the mix for the high-profile role of Tiger Lily in Warner Bros.’s Pan. She is also in the running for a role in The Whole Truth, a courtroom drama starring Daniel Craig. Now Nyong’o’s name has surfaced in connection to Star Wars. Because of the secrecy, it is unclear which role it could be. One possibility is that of a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which has been described as a non-Caucasian role. That is separate from the search for two roles, female and male, for characters in their twenties.”
The force may just be with Lupita Nyong’o.
Source: Latino Review