Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the actress is in talks for the female lead in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” She reportedly met with director J.J. Abrams a few weeks ago, but the details of the role are unclear.
While no casting is set in stone for the highly anticipated “Star Wars” return — which is expected to hit theater in summer 2015 —
there have been a bevy of names thrown into the hat for the coveted lead roles. “Girls” star Adam Driver is reportedly in final talks for the villain. Reportedly in talks for the male lead role are: “Friday Night Lights” star Jesse Plemons, “Attack the Block” star John Boyega, “Downton Abbey” actor Ed Speleers, and stage actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.
While Nyong’o has yet to step into the sci-fi world, the Hollywood darling seems up to the challenge. Despite it being her first role in a feature-length film, her turn as Patsey in “12 Years A Slave” was enough to beat out seasoned actresses Sally Hawkins and Julia Roberts and previous winner Jennifer Lawrence for the Best Supporting Actress trophy, in what was undoubtedly the tightest race at last week’s Academy Awards.