It’s finally official! Lupita Nyong’o just landed her first role since taking winning the for Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
We’ve all been wondering what Lupita Nyong’o’s next major role would be after her epic Oscar win a few months ago that thrust the virtually unknown star directly to Hollywood’s A-List. Although Lupita co starred in action thriller Non-Stop with action star Liam Neeson after 12 Years a Slave, the film hit theaters days before she accepted her Oscar
Since being named the “Most Beautiful” by People magazine optioning the film rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel Americanah and other countless accolades, the Mexican-born Kenyan starlet has landed her next big role in the upcoming highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, shutting down all of the naysayers who believed she would have a hard time living up to her new found fame and hype. Rumors started to circulate that the Academy Award winning actress would be acting in the sci-fi film after she met with director J.J. Abrams a few weeks before the Oscars and now those rumors have been confirmed.
Along with “Games of Thrones” actress Gwedoline Christie, the YBF actress will join the J.J. Abrams ‘Star Wars’ cast including John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
Legendary film producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy released a statement on the film’s newest castmates saying,
“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII. It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”
No word is out yet on her role in the upcoming film but the film has already started shooting and we can expect to see it in theaters on December 18, 2015. Can’t wait.