The Queen of Katwe’s Lupita Nyong’o is looking to get into the MCU through the Black Panther live-action film.
Lupita Nyong’o is definitely making the major rounds in Hollywood, and even on stage theater. She first made waves when she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave. Then she lent her voice for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens character Maz Kanata, which we may see again in the Star Wars: Episode VIII. She also lent her voice again for the wolf mother Raksha in Disney’s live-action/CGI-heavy version of The Jungle Book. And she will soon be seen in the Disney drama, The Queen of Katwe, which comes out in the Fall. Not only that, she just recently did a Broadway run in Danai Gurira‘s play Eclipsed. You’d think she would want to take a break and revel in her accomplishments.
But apparently, one achievement has alluded her… until now. Yes, she still hasn’t been in a Marvel movie. But things are looking up as she’s now in talks to join the cast of Black Panther. Although the name of her character hasn’t been revealed, THR reports that she will be playing the love interest of T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).
The movie will be directed by Ryan Coogler, who wrote and directed the highly acclaimed film Fruitvale Station as well as the impressive Creed.
Aside from Boseman and Nyong’o, no one else has yet been confirmed for the film. Black Panther is currently scheduled to land in theaters February 16, 2018, which would mark the last solo superhero film before Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters later that year.
Source: Hollywood Reporter