Lupita Nyong’o in Talks to Star in Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’

Lupita Nyong'o Black Panther
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Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to play the love interest of Chadwick Boseman’s superhero in Marvel’s “The Black Panther,” sources confirmed to Variety.

“Creed” helmer Ryan Coogler is on board to direct the film. Kevin Feige is producing the movie, which stars Boseman as T’Challa, the prince of the African nation of Wakanda, who must take over the mantel after his father’s murder. Marvel unveiled the character in “Captain America: Civil War” before the standalone film hits theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.

Nyong’o’s exact character is unknown at this time.

Joe Robert Cole is co-penning the script with Coogler.

The Oscar winner was most recently lent her voice to “Star Wars: the Force Awakens” as Maz Kanata and “The Jungle Book” as Mother Wolf Raksha. She can be seen next in Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” opposite David Oyelowo and is also attached to star in DreamWorks’ “Intelligent Life.”

She is repped by CAA, D2 Management, and Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. Xmasevebaby says:

    PRINCESS SHURI or nothing else. She would make an incredible Black Panther.

  2. Alan says:

    Exciting casting! Both her and Boseman are great actors, I imagine they’ll be electric on screen together. Hoping in the future that Marvel gets the X Men rights back (or shares the rights like they now do with Spider Man) and that Lupita will be retconned to become Storm.

    • Gawd Shining says:

      Lupita nyong’o is a grade A actress & is perfect to a starring role in this film. I would also love to see in the near future Storm from the X-Men as a love interest. Hopefully they would be able to work out a deal with Fox. A storm recast would be nice as well

  3. random2187 says:

    If she plays a character like the Dora Milaje in Civil War, that would be badass. I can totally foresee these two having amazing chemistry on screen. I hope she gets the role, and I hope she isn’t under-utilised.

  4. Ken Marcelle says:


  5. majorstyles says:

    Stop with your cultural appropriation of European culture, you racists.

  6. Jim says:

    They did a great job with the Black Panther character in Civil War and Boseman was excellent. This should be a good movie.

  7. Jack Monte says:

    That’s how black actors can win Oscar gold. By being in superhero movies.

  8. Cass says:

    Love Lupita…but…not feeling this. This is too easy. Should be a new or surprise cast member.

  9. bsbarnes says:

    Lupita Nyong’o as a love interest for BLACK PANTHER is a good fit, as they are always the most compelling characters in his stories! If Nyong’o ends up playing T’Challa’s ex-wife; Storm; get ready for a big gulp of Lemonade :D

  10. C’mon, Hollywood! Yeah, sure, a role in the Marvel universe would be brilliant. But why are the only roles available to this OSCAR-WINNING actress either CGI or roles that are scripted specifically for a black woman?! Bring Lupita into casting consideration for other roles, too.

  11. Cap London says:

    When I watched CW I thought about her for a BP role. Hope this happens.

  12. Ken says:

    YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lord I can’t take!

  13. Marie says:

    You mean to tell me Hollywood is going to five Lupita a character that isn’t CGI? I hope the character is more than just some silly love interest.

  14. Cryptic Knowledge says:

    She’ll play Monica Lynne and be reinvented as a political envoy employed by Ross. Ask me something.

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