Sources close to THR say that Oscar winner of best supporting actress in 12 Years a Slave Lupita Nyong'o met with J.J. Abrams only a few weeks ago. There are already few possibilities about the role they've been discussing...
Nyong’o was born in Mexico, raised in Kenya, and graduated from Yale University School of Drama. She had a role in the MTV series Shuga but her feature debut was in 12 Years.
Now Nyong'o’s name has surfaced in connection to Star Wars. Because of the secrecy, it is unclear which role it could be. One possibility is that of a descendent of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which has been described as a non-Caucasian role. That is separate from the search for two roles, female and male, for characters in their twenties.
It is known that Abrams is still meeting with actors with several for his leads, which remain uncast. Several sources say that Jesse Plemons is one of the actors to beat for one of the roles and that British actors Ed Speleers and John Boyega are also in the mix.
Latino Review also added some details about the role. According to them the part Nyong’o has been reading for a is a major female role and doesn’t seem to be tied into the family lines from Episodes 4-6. Also they heard, Lupita might be going up for a a sith!
Lupita’s reps responded that “We’re not allowed to talk about that.”
Another proof that Abrams is indeed looking for a diversity in the cast.