Lupita nyong'o for Star Wars VII role?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 March 2014
Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita nyong'o is reportedly in talks for a lead role in 'Star Wars: Episode VII' after meeting with director J.J. Abrams earlier this month

Lupita Nyong'o is in talks for a role in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.

The 31-year-old actress reportedly had a meeting with the movie's director J.J. Abrams ahead of the Academy Awards earlier this month to discuss the lead female part in the upcoming sequel.

Bosses are remaining tight-lipped on the role Nyong'o has been discussing, but it is believed the character could be linked to Obi-Wan Kenobi, which has been described as a non-Caucasian part.

However, Abrams is still eyeing up a number of stars to make the complete cast, with Jesse Plemons being one of the actors to beat for a part, but Ed Speleers and John Boyega are also in the run-in.

Meanwhile, Adam Driver is in final negotiations to play an undisclosed villain in the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Nyong'o has taken Hollywood by storm after her breakout debut in Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave', which saw her play slave girl Patsey opposite Chiwitel Ejiofor, and earned her an Oscar award earlier this month for the Best Supporting Actress.

She was most recently seen in the thriller 'Non-Stop' with Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Michelle Dockery.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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