Fresh off her Oscar win in March, Lupita Nyong’o now bagged yet another major film role.
Amid early rumours that the actress will appear in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, a statement posted on the franchise’s website confirmed that she will have a part in the film. Set to be released in December 2015, Game of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie will also be joining Nyong’o and Star Wars alums Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher along with Girls’ Adam Driver.
Though as exciting as this casting news is, there’s no word yet on the role Nyong’o will be playing. And since we’re all for badass females in the sci-fi world, we’ve decided to come up with a couple of potential characters she could take on.
FULL DISCLAIMER: I haven’t seen all the Star Wars films yet, but I think Lupita is awesome and would watch anything she’s in. (Even if she only has two lines, I am positive that she will be ***Flawless).
From the looks of her acting career, the force is definitely strong with Lupita. After her heartbreaking turn as a slave named Patsey in the Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave, we think it’s about time we see her serving the common good as a hardcore Jedi. After all, The Hollywood Reporter reported earlier in January that Abrams was looking for a “a twentysomething female actress who is either of mixed race or black” to play a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Perhaps, this could be her role!
One of the rumours swirling around about Lupita’s casting was that she was touted to play the Jedi-killing villain Asajj Ventress. As amazing as it would be to see the actress be one of the good guys, I can’t help but think that it would be deliciously delightful to see her going to the dark side. Especially since we’ve only seen her in just a couple of film roles, it’d be very interesting to see how far her range can go. And plus, I would love to hear what kind of evil laugh she can pull off!
Now if she can’t play a Jedi or a villain, at least make her interesting! Given the mysterious nature of Twi’leks, I feel that Lupita would give an outstanding and touching performance as a member of this Humanoid species.
Seeing that Lupita has already played a slave in her first major film role, the only thing that might hurt her for playing a Twi’lek is that she would be typecast. Considering that many of these creatures often lead difficult lives as slaves, it might not be the smartest move to play someone so similar again. But who knows? If Lupita is indeed a Twi’lek, maybe her character can rise above the hardships and be an empowering woman. After all, some Twi’leks do become freedom fighters!