The solo film being built around the King of Wakanda already has Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ryan Coogler attached to direct and write the screenplay. Now Black Panther might also be getting an Oscar-winning actress, too.
Years of anticipation leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens made several things obvious once the film came out. Chief among them is that several shots in the highly scrutinized trailers were not in the movie. Now, the film’s director has explained the biggest one.
Perhaps it’s common knowledge among rabid fans of Star Wars and its ever-expanding universe, but we at Jezebel only recently found out that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o would be playing a tiny, mostly-CGI, 1000-year-old, goggle-wearing alien pirate named Maz Kanata in the newest installment of the series.
Apparently it's totally amazing Star Wars news day, it's just been officially announced that Star Wars: Episode VII has cast the brilliant actress Lupita Nyong'o from 12 Years a Slave, and our beloved Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones, Gwendoline Christie. Hooray!
Lupita Nyong'o and Scarlett Johansson are reportedly "in talks" to join the cast of a new version of The Jungle Book.
Lupita Nyong'o has reportedly met with J.J. Abrams about a role in Episode VII. We've been hearing a lot of intriguing names popping up as potential stars in the next Star Wars film, but this may be the most exciting: word has it that the Oscar-winning star of 12 Years a Slave has met with Abrams about a possible role.