Fresh off the hit Marvel film Black Panther, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has joined the remake of John Woo’s 1989 Hong King crime classic The Killer. Nyong’o will be playing the role of the assassin, who puts her own life on the line to save a woman whom she accidentally blinded in her last hit. This role was played by Chow Yun-fat in the original version.

In the 1989 classic, Chow Yun-fat, played “a killer with a conscience.” He was a professional assassin whose outrage towards his employers lead him to adhere to his own code of honor, to seek a way out of his violent lifestyle. The original film was beautifully described as “an exquisite dissection of morals in a corrupt society, highlighted with slow-motion sequences of brilliantly choreographed gun battles on the streets of Hong Kong.” The film ended up as the highest-grossing Hong Kong production since the days of Bruce Lee, so we are very excited to see Nyong’o’s interpretation of this role.

Nyong’o won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years A Slave. Last year, she appeared in the TuPac biopic All Eyez On Me where she portrayed the late mother of the late rapper, Afeni Shakur. She also starred in the Disney drama Queen of Katwe, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and of course the ground breaking Marvel film Black Panther. Nyong’o is set to star in Elizabeth Banks’ upcoming reboot of the action-comedy Charlie’s Angels.

We are beyond excited to see Nyong’o kicking a$$ in her upcoming role in The Killer!

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