Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o Up for a 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Role?
By now we're sick of hearing about all the actors who have met for possible roles in Star Wars: Episode VII, but this one is interesting, because it's a rising star and recent Oscar winner. We've heard that 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejifor might be up for a role in the sci-fi sequel, but now it's his co-star Lupita Nyong'o who may be in the running for a lead role. Latino Review first reported (with confirmation from THR) that the actress met with director J.J. Abrams just a few weeks ago before winning Best Supporting Actress at the 86th Academy Awards. The question is just what role would she be taking in the iconic saga?
One of the rumors swirling is that the role would be a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi. If that sounds weird since the late Jedi doesn't have the same skin color, it would stand to reason that enough time has passed that there's a generation to skip which would allow Kenobi to have a granddaughter or other relative of a difference race. Or maybe genetics works a little different in a galaxy far, far away. Either way, that role has been described as non-Caucasian. The trade notes that this role is separate from the search for a female lead alongside the male lead (which might be narrowed down to five actors), but our sources have heard otherwise, and Nyong'o would be opposite the male lead. We'll keep you posted.