Lupita Nyong’o in Talks to Join Black Panther

Lupita_NyongoTIFF2013_(cropped)The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to join Marvel‘s Black Panther. Nyong’o won an Oscar for her performance in 12 Years a Slave and her character has not been revealed, though THR says it is Black Panther’s love interest. We’re hoping instead it’s T’Challa’s sister Shuri who eventually dons the mantle of Black Panther herself.

Nyong’o was most recently the voice of Raksha in The Jungle Book and is Maz Katana in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and will repeat the role in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

The film is being directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther. Coogler is known for writing and directly Fruitvale Station as well as Creed. He will be doing both for Black Panther as well. After a career mostly in television, Boseman broke through with his portrayal as Jackie Robinson in the film 42 and will be depicting Thurgood Marshall in Marshall which comes to theaters in 2016.

The film is set to release February 2, 2018 and begins filming in early 2017.

Black Panther debuted in Captain America: Civil War is the warrior king of the African kingdom of Wakanda. A teaser scene at the end of Civil War sets up the possible conflict of the film.