The Star Wars actress could play a big part in the upcoming film
Lupita Nyong’o is reportedly in talks to appear in Marvel’s standalone Black Panther movie, with her role yet to be disclosed.
Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, first made his appearance in the recent Captain America: Civil War. The standalone film is set to be directed by Fruitvale Station and Creed director Ryan Cooglar.
Rumours have stated that Nyong’o is set to play Boseman’s love interest in the film, shifting away from the comic book’s original love interest of X-Men’s Storm. Storm is unable to feature due to rights issues.
Nyong’o recently appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Jungle Book and won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave.
Captain America: Civil War has become one of the most popular Marvel movies among critics. Variety described it as “a decisively superior hero-vs-hero extravaganza that also ranks as the most mature and substantive picture to have yet emerged from the Marvel Cinematic Universe”, while Empire was more pithy, simply calling it “the ultimate Marvel superhero event”.
Commenting on the impact of Civil War, director Joe Russo said, “There will be a long lasting fallout from the events of this movie. It will significantly alter the psychology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward.”
Black Panther is scheduled to hit screens on February 2.