Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o is in the running for the part of the female lead in the upcoming “Star Wars” revival episode VII, according to HollywoodReporter and AllAfrica.
Nyong’o has been in talks with J.J. Abrams about the role, the reports said. Nyong’o won best supporting actress prize for her feature film debut in “12 Years a Slave.” The 31-year-old Mexican-Kenyan actor’ met with Abrams before the Oscars, the report said.
J. J. Abrams is an American film and TV producer, screenwriter, director, actor and composer known for his work in science fiction. His directorial film work includes two Star Trek films — “Star Trek” (2009) and “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013)
Born in Mexico, Nyong’o was raised in Kenya and graduated from Yale University School of Drama. She had a role in the MTV series “Shuga” but her movie debut was in “12 Years a Slave.”
Episode VII is expected to center on the iconic trio of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo portrayed by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, though younger newcomers will likely move centre stage for future installments. Abrams’s film is reportedly shooting from mid-May to September at London’s Pinewood studios, for release over Christmas 2015.