I've had a fanboy crush on Lupita Nyong'o since her wild red carpet ride during the Oscar season. She's talented, gorgeous and has impeccable style. She's even earned her Academy stripes with a stirring performance in "12 Years a Slave." Though she had a cameo appearance in "Non-Stop," and was cast as the voice of a CGI character in the upcoming "Jungle Book" remake, it remained to be seen where she might emerge again in a major live action role.
Like many, I harbored hopes that the Kenyan-born actor might be cast as Storm in the X-Men franchise. She would be perfect for the role (apologies to Halle Berry); however the news of her casting in [Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158) has all but crushed those hopes.
- First, Star Wars is a planned trilogy. There's almost no chance they didn't lock Nyong'o up for all three flicks, ESPECIALLY if she appears as the Sith baddy Asajj Ventress.
- Second, Disney owns Star Wars AND Marvel. What are the chances they would want Nyong'o's rising star power to help rival Fox as an X-Man? Answer: ZERO.
- Third, Nyong'o won the option for Nnamande Adichie's amazing book "Americanah." One imagines that she'll be devoting any and all Star Wars downtime to getting this dream project produced... with her as the lead, of course.
I'm thrilled that Nyong'o is getting the attention that she deserves. The Star Wars films are an excellent opportunity for her. I will quietly weep for the Storm that could have been. [sniff]