Yesterday, we mentioned that Ava DuVernay was being sought after to direct two major films (‘Intelligent Life’/Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment) and (‘A Wrinkle in Time’/Disney).  According to The Hollywood Reporter, it is now a very good chance that Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o will be starring in the sci-fi feature ‘Intelligent Life,’ which gives us all very good reason to assume that Ava DuVernay will be signing on to direct this feature.

Intelligent Life’  was written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly (‘Jurassic World’), and “tells the story of a low-level worker at the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs who accidentally makes first contact with a beautiful woman from another world, and risks his job and more when they are threatened from things at home and beyond. Nyong’o would be playing the alien.”

In 2012, DuVernay won the Best Director Prize at Sundance for her second feature film ‘Middle of Nowhere’ and became the first African American woman to ever win this award.  She also became the first the first African American woman director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2014 for her work on ‘Selma.’  If she decides to direct ‘Intelligent Life,’ she will be the first African American woman to helm a sci-fi motion picture with a major studio.

DuVernay is currently directing ‘Queen Sugar’ for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN.  A story that revolves around a spirited woman who leaves her upscale Los Angeles lifestyle behind to claim an inheritance from her recently departed father, an 800-acre sugar cane farm in the heart of Louisiana.

Nyong’o can be seen on the big screen in Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ on April 15th.



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