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While Lupita Nyong’o’s phone has been steadily ringing with offers since she scored her Best Supporting actor Oscar, her work in 12 Years A Slave was already generating plenty of attention. J.J. Abrams was definitely interested in meeting her, which means we can add her to the list of actresses potentially snagging the female lead in Star Wars: Episode VII.Though the most recent attention has been on the shortlist for the male side of the hero duo (and Adam Driver’s rumoured offer to become the movie’s villain), Nyong’o is just the latest name brought up in connection to the project, which has seen Abrams and Lucasfilm/Disney meeting with thousands of actors in a long trawl to find the right talent to continue the story set in a galaxy far, far away.And, of course, make sure you have the Rumour Alert Klaxon handy, as »
It's only a matter of time before the floodgates open and we're inundated with news from Star Wars: Episode VII, but as we wait with bated breath for the influx of official news, it seems we may have our first look at the logo for Disney's eagerly-anticipated return to a galaxy far, far away, with the following image "leaking" online via Cbm...
Now, there is of course the possibility of this being a fake, so I guess only time will tell...
Star Wars: Episode VII is to be directed by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness), with Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) expected to be among the Saga veterans to reprise their roles and Adam Driver (Girls) reportedly set to appear as the film's villain. The sequel will hit cinemas on December 18th, 2015.
- Gary Collinson
One of the biggest worries for fans of “12 Years A Slave” star Lupita Nyong’o was seeing just what her acting options would be after her stellar awards season, including her big Oscar win. The after-Oscar curse–getting less than amazing roles after a big Oscar win–have plagued many stars and fans were hoping she wouldn’t fall into that curse as well. Also, and sadly, fans weren’t sure how receptive Hollywood would be to a dark-skinned black actress, even after her win at the Oscars. Thankfully, fans can breathe a sigh of relief–news has come out that Nyong’o has been approached by J.J. Abrams to play the female lead in the [ Read More ]
A new Star Wars: Episode VII rumor has surfaced, saying 12 Years a Slave star and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is up for a role in the new J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars film. Latino Review first broke the story with the only comment from Nyong'o's representatives saying, "We're not allowed to talk about that." The story was later confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter. The two sources give different possibilities for her character, Latino Review saying she may play a Sith alongside Adam Driver ("Girls") as the film's main villain, and THR saying the role may be as one of Obi-Wan Kenobi's descendants. In other Nyong'o news, she was apparently in the mix for the Tiger Lilly role in Joe Wright's Pan that eventually went to Rooney Mara and is in the running for a role in a courtroom drama titled The Whole Truth opposite Daniel Craig. »
- Brad Brevet
For this week’s random assortment of Thinking Out Loud ideas, I wanted to start by focusing in on the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII casting rumors briefly. Specifically, how J.J. Abrams and company have recently seemed to be honing in on Oscar nominees and winners for the cast. I’ll have some other small things below as well, but that’s the main bent that the column will have today. Anyway, let’s get started! -Star Wars loves awards darlings, that much seems to be true. Just look at the names being mentioned for roles in the sequel…Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Saoirse Ronan to name a few. What do all of them have in common? With the exception of Cumberbatch and Jordan, they’re all Oscar nominees, and in the case of Nyong’o, she’s »
- Joey Magidson
Within just three years, Scotland could have its first major film studio. A report by Scottish Enterprise, published yesterday, identify a clear opportunity and a strong demand for studio space. The project is expected to cost around £2m and would support a rapidly growing industry in a country which watches more films per person than anywhere else in the world.
Scotland has recently played host to a range of major productions, from World War Z to Under The Skin, and Jj Abrams plans to shoot part of the new Star Wars film on the Isle of Skye later this year. Although the country's dramatic highland and island landscapes have proven particularly appealing to filmmakers, it is Glasgow's Pacific Quay that is thought to be the most likely home for the studio, being well connected and right in the heart of the Scottish media landscape. The studio, as currently planned, »
- Jennie Kermode
The 31-year-old actress met with director J.J. Abrams ahead of the Academy Awards to discuss the lead female role in the upcoming sequel, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Reports suggest that Nyong'o's character may be a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which has been specified as a non-white role.
Nyong'o has created buzz in Hollywood since her breakout debut in Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave.
Her role in the film, as a slave girl opposite Chiwitel Ejiofor, earned her an Oscar for 'Best Supporting Actress' earlier this month.
Lupita Nyong’o is in talks with J.J. Abrams to join the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Everything connected to Star Wars is hush-hush, but some sources say she is up for the role of one of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s descendents. [Hollywood Reporter] Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are still very much together and they want us to know all about it. The Spider-Man stars have been dating since 2011 and were caught making out in public on Thursday. [Daily Mail] Kristin Cavallari is the latest celeb to jump aboard the anti-vaccination wagon. She has already come under fire for refusing to vaccinate her son, Camden. [Us Magazine] Marshmallows might know all the ins and outs of Veronica Mars, but do the stars of Veronica Mars know Kristen Bell? MTV News put Ryan Hansen, »
- Meghan O'Keefe
The Hollywood Reporter just learned that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) has been taking meetings for the female lead in "Star Wars: Episode VII." She met with director Jj Abrams a few weeks ago, before she won in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Academy Awards. So now it's possible that Abrams would be even more interested in her. It's not clear which role she's in talks to play. One possibility is that of a descendent of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which has been described as a non-Caucasian role. »
The Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised, Yale graduate's feature debut was in 'Slave' so the actress is reportedly taking her next film choice very seriously.
Details of the role are unknown, but one is thought to be that of the non-Caucasian role of a descendent of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It's a role separate from the two leading male and female characters in their twenties.
Abrams is still meeting with actors with several leads which remain uncast.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Not long after taking home an Oscar for her supporting role in "12 Years A Slave," it looks like Lupita Nyong'o may already have her eyes on a lead role. 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 ...
By Emily Blake »
While one might think that Star Wars: Episode VII casting should have been announced by this late date, we still only have rumors and non-confirmed reports to go on as the film speeds towards production. Today's latest news comes from Latino Review, who claim that recent Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong'o, who took home a statue for her performance in 12 Years a Slave, is so very close to signing on.
Lupita Nyong'o has been reading for the role of a major female character who is not tied into the family bloodlines of the first two trilogies. No other details have been released, and the actress's reps are not talking.
The rumor is that Lupita Nyong'o is up for an important Sith role opposite main villain Adam Driver (who has not been confirmed, but is said to be a definite lock by more than one prominent inside source).
The Hollywood Reporter »
According to Latino-Review and The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave, Non-Stop) has met with J.J. Abrams about the female lead in 2015's eagerly-anticipated return to a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars: Episode VII. Although there are no specific character details, the site speculates that the part could be that of a descendent of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which is thought to be a non-Caucasian role.
This latest casting talk comes hot on the heels of reports suggesting that Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) and theatre actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher head Abrams' wishlist for the male lead. Meanwhile Girls star Adam Driver is said to be finalising a deal to star as the new villain, where he'd presumably join returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia).
- Gary Collinson
Disney and Lucasfilm have joined forces to launch a new era in the Star Wars universe, beginning with the Disney Xd cartoon series Star Wars Rebels in Fall 2014, followed by Episode VII in December 2015.
J.J. Abrams is directing the seventh live-action Star Wars installment, drawing from a script draft that he and Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi co-writer Lawrence Kasdan put together – a script that, is turn, is based on the earlier screenplay by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).
We spent the entirety of 2013 slogging through what felt like endless casting rumors for Episode VII, but of late we’ve been ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Thanks to yesterday's shortlist we know that Jesse Plemons, Attack The Block's John Boyega, Downton Abbey's Ed Speleers, and stage actors Matthew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher are the actors who are being heavily considered to play the young male hero in Star Wars: Episode VII, but now a new story from The Hollywood Reporter has given us some insight as to what the production is looking for in its female roles. According to the trade's sources, actress Lupita Nyong'o - who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress just a few weeks ago for her turn in Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave - has taken at least one meeting with director/co-writer J.J. Abrams about potentially playing a key part in the next chapter of George Lucas' sci-fi epic. Insanely heavy security surrounding the project prevents us from knowing anything concrete about both the »
Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is the latest name to be attached to Star Wars Episode VII, with a new report claiming that she met with J.J. Abrams only a few weeks ago, just before her big win at the Academy Awards.
Nyong’o is said to be “extremely close” to signing a deal after reading for the mysterious role several times over the past month or so. While there has been speculation that she could play a descendent of Obi-Wan Kenobi (which was originally described as being a non-Caucasian character), it is instead believed the actress is up for the part of a Sith.
They’re all the details we have for now, but with the hunt for the male lead being narrowed down to five and Girls star Adam Driver set to play the lead male villain, things are getting very interesting indeed!
The news was originally reported by Latino-Review, »
- Josh Wilding
By now we're sick of hearing about all the actors who have met for possible roles in Star Wars: Episode VII, but this one is interesting, because it's a rising star and recent Oscar winner. We've heard that 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejifor might be up for a role in the sci-fi sequel, but now it's his co-star Lupita Nyong'o who may be in the running for a lead role. Latino Review first reported (with confirmation from THR) that the actress met with director J.J. Abrams just a few weeks ago before winning Best Supporting Actress at the 86th Academy Awards. The question is just what role would she be taking in the iconic saga? One of the rumors swirling is that the role would be a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi. If that sounds weird since the late Jedi doesn't have the same skin color, it would stand to »
- Ethan Anderton
Just a couple of days ago, we brought you this shortlist of actors vying for one of the coveted leads of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. A new report has recent Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o being added to the list of possible cast members, as she apparently met with Abrams to read for a part as recently as a couple of weeks ago. Obviously the details on that particular role are being kept quiet, but one possibility is that of the reportedly non-Caucasian part of Obi-Wan Kenobi's descendant. That role is separate from the ongoing search for actors to fill the roles of male and female lead characters in their twenties. Hit the jump for more. News of Nyong'o's meeting with Abrams for Star Wars: Episode VII comes courtesy of Latino-Review, with a follow-up from Heat Vision. That's about all the information that's available at this time, but we'll »
- Dave Trumbore
With Adam Driver now all but confirmed for Star Wars: Episode VII, it’s time for J.J. Abrams and the fine folks at Disney to start putting together the rest of the cast. For months and months we’ve heard rumor after rumor and today, we have yet another piece of juicy news to share with you.
The usually reliable Latino Review is reporting that 12 Years a Slave star and recent Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong’o, is in talks for a major female role in the film. They go on to say that the part is not “tied into the family lines from Episodes 4-6,” and that she might very well be playing a Sith.
Unfortunately, the details don’t go much further than that and of course, the source remains unnamed. Still, I am a bit inclined to believe this. For one, Nyong’o is red hot right now »
- Matt Joseph
Take a meeting, take a number. Several dozen actors in Hollywood are taking meetings with J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and the producers of “Star Wars: Episode VII.” You can add to that mix Lupita Nyong'o, who recently won an Oscar for her role in Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave.” With “Girls” star Adam Driver being the only name that looks locked in right now (he’ll play the new Darth Vader-like baddie apparently), contenders include John Boyega ("Attack The Block"), Ed Speleers (aka Jimmy Kent from "Downton Abbey"), theatre actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher, and the already-rumored "Breaking Bad" and "Friday Night Lights" star Jesse Plemons. There hasn’t been too much word of females in the mix for 'Star Wars' thus far. One early name that popped up, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” star Saoirse Ronan already confirmed to us that she took meetings, but »
- Edward Davis
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