Lupita Nyong’o may be take her talents to another highly anticipated film. The actress is in talks to play the love interest of Chadwick Boseman’s superhero in Marvel’s “The Black Panther,” according to Variety.
The Black Panther (T’Challa) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and penciller and co-plotter Jack Kirby, he first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966). He is the first black superhero in mainstream American comics. The character is usually depicted as the king and protector of Wakanda, a fictional African nation. Chadwick Boseman portrays the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and is set to return in Black Panther (2018), both set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Ryan Coogler will direct the film, with Boseman as T’Challa, the prince of the African nation of Wakanda, who must take over the mantel after his father’s murder.
Lupita, who began as a production assistant, made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently returned to Kenya to star in the television series Shuga (2009). Also in 2009, she wrote, produced and directed the documentary In My Genes. She then pursued a master’s degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama. Soon after her graduation, she had her first feature film role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s historical drama 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She became the first Kenyan actress and the first Mexican actress to win an Academy Award.