Is Lupita The Next Princess Leia?
Lupita Nyong’o had a meeting with “Star Wars VII“ director J.J. Abrams about starring in the upcoming epic fantasy film.
Nyong’o just took home her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “12 Years a Slave” two weeks ago and is riding high with a supporting role in “Non-Stop” in theaters now, but she’s ready to take the lead!
Abrams might be the guy to make that happen for her.
According to Hollywood Reporter, she met with Abrams for the female lead — could that mean Princess Leia?
No word yet on who is the female lead character — especially since the film is in high secrecy.
But starring in a “Star Wars” film could be really big for Nyong’o and could show her range as in actress — going from drama to fantasy.
But she’s not the only black actor up for a lead in the upcoming saga. John Boyega is one of five actors up for the male lead.
Could there be two black actors leading the film? We find that almost impossible to fathom, but hey, maybe. You just never know.
Although Abrams reportedly wants a diverse cast, it’s still a big budget Hollywood film.
In Hollywood, there’s still this idea there can only be “one” or “filling that one slot” and passing it off as diversity — is all that’s needed.
And there, of course, could be the typical “The Hunger Games” hate of the casting based off of colorism than talent.
But hopes are high for Nyong’o to take the lead in the film. But no matter how it goes, she’ll be “listening to her gut” when it comes to picking her projects.