Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is currently in talks to star opposite Chadwick Boseman in Marvel’s Black Panther directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale).  Marvel Studios is notoriously secretive about all of their upcoming projects, so unfortunately details surrounding the identity of Nyong’o’s character are currently under wraps.  Many speculate that she will be cast as the love interest of Boseman’s character, T’Challa, the hero and ruler of the fictional African nation of Wakanda.

After winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave, Nyong’o lent her voice to Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and in The Jungle Book as the wolf Raksha.  She will appear next in Disney’s upcoming drama Queen of Katwe, as the mother of a young Ugandan chess prodigy.

Black Panther has been one of the most important characters in the Marvel Universe, as he was the first black superhero introduced in mainstream comics.  This certainly makes his arrival on the big screen and in his own film extremely significant, and we look forward to learning even more about Nyong’o’s role in this film as more information is released.

Black Panther hits theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.

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