After being honored for her role in 12 Years A Slave, every Hollywood hot shot has been looking to cast Lupita Nyong’o in their next blockbuster. But just a few weeks ago before taking home the Academy Award for best supporting actress, Nyong’o met with J.J. Abrams to discuss the lead role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters in December of 2015 with production beginning this spring.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, due to the secrecy of the film it is unclear what role Nyong’o would be considered for. A possibility includes the descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which is described as a “non-Caucasian” role.
Abrams is still in meetings with actors for several of the leads which have yet to be casted. Sources report that Jesse Plemons is offering stiff competition for one of the roles. British actors Ed Speelers and Jon Boyega are also in the running. Adam Driver is in final negotiations to play the villain.
A few weeks ago fans were petitioning Marvel to cast Nyong’o as Storm in the next X-Men movie. It’s only a matter of time before we’ll be seeing Nyong’o on the big screen again. The Yale University School of Drama grad was recently considered for the role of Tiger Lily in Warner Bros. Pan movie, but lost out to Rooney Mara. She’s also being a considered for a role in The Whole Truth, a courtroom drama starring Daniel Craig. She recently starred opposite Liam Neeson in the thriller Non-Stop.