Lupita Nyong’o In Talks to Star in Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’

By May 12, 2016

Following his marvelous debut in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa/Black Panther will next be seen headlining his own standalone Marvel film, which is set to be directed by Creed‘s Ryan Coogler. Not much is known about the film as of yet, though it is supposedly set to take place after the events of Civil War, and will provide more insight into the Wakandan culture and Black Panther figure.

In case you weren’t already excited enough by Coogler and Boseman’s names though, Marvel may be adding yet another A-list actress to the film’s cast.

THR is reporting that Star Wars star and Academy Award-winner, Lupita Nyong’o, is in talks to join the cast of the film, and while no official details surrounding her character’s identity have been revealed, she will be playing Boseman’s love interest in the film, the report states. Coogler is set to both write and direct the project, with production set to begin in early 2017.

Nyong’o was last seen onscreen in Disney’s The Jungle Book and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, and is currently working on bringing her character of Maz Kanata back for director Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII as well, which will hit theatres just a few months prior to the Black Panther standalone.

After her breakout turn in 12 Years a Slave as well, Nyong’o has gone on to become one of the most talented and reliable actresses in the industry right now. As for who she could be playing, the most well-known of Black Panther’s love interests in the comics, is Storm, the X-Men character, but since Marvel doesn’t have the rights to the character, they’ll likely end up choosing one of his lesser known love interests in the solo movie.

These could include Malaika, who was a French Wakandan Trade Envoy to Paris, Monica Rambeau, the singer Monica Lynne, or really, anyone else entirely. It’s impossible to know right now who exactly the film might have Nyong’o play, since they could end up making her a traditional Wakandan Queen even, or an original character as well. There was a strong and imposing female Wakandan character shown in Civil War briefly though, who didn’t seem all that impressed by Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, so I’m excited to see who she ends up playing, and what larger role she may or may not have in the rest of the MCU.

Black Panther is set to hit theatres on February 2nd, 2018.

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Alex Welch

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