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Lupita Nyong’o Joins Star Wars Episode VII

June 2, 2014

By Nathaniel Simons (@NathanielSimons), The Africa Channel

For months now, the speculation has been heightening over whether Kenyan beauty Lupita Nyong’o would be joining the Star Wars franchise. Ever since she swept awards season with her heartfelt performance in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, fans and industry insiders alike have been wondering how Hollywood would embrace her raw talent. Media sources have now confirmed that the Yale-alum will be joining the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII.

Considering this news and her 2014 thus far, “embrace” would be an understatement for Hollywood’s response to Lupita. Aside from becoming a fashion icon in her own right, she scored a Lancôme contract, graced the cover of People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful” issue, booked a role in Disney’s reimagining of The Jungle Book, and recently optioned the rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.

There’s no report on the role Nyong’o will be playing in the J.J. Abrams-helmed project, but most fans are just excited to hear she’ll be a part of it, considering her name wasn’t announced with initial cast members in April. She joins an ensemble that includes franchise veterans Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. She also joins several newcomers, including Lincoln’s Adam Driver, Inside Llewyn Davis’s Oscar Isaac, and Half of a Yellow Sun’s John Boyega. The film release is slated for next year.

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