If this rumor is true, then our interest in the next Star Wars flick has officially been piqued.
Sources are saying that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o – who came out of no where and took Hollywood by storm with her stellar performance in 12 Years A Slave – has been meeting with JJ Abrams and is up for the female lead in Star Wars Episode VII.
According to The Hollywood Reporter,
Now Nyong’o’s name has surfaced in connection to Star Wars. Because of the secrecy, it is unclear which role it could be. One possibility is that of a descendent of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which has been described as a non-Caucasian role. That is separate from the search for two roles, female and male, for characters in their twenties.
It is known that Abrams is still meeting with actors with several for his leads, which remain uncast. Several sources say that Jesse Plemons is one of the actors to beat for one of the roles and that British actors Ed Speleers and John Boyega are also in the mix. Adam Driver is in final negotiations to play a undisclosed villain character in the movie.
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