Lupita in Talks to Star in ‘Black Panther’

Word on the street is that Lupita is in negotiations to star opposite Chadwick Boseman in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther.

Ryan Coogler, who wrote and directed Creed, is helming the comic book movie as well as writing the script.

Boseman and Black Panther were introduced in Captain America: Civil War, which has already grossed over $1 billion at the box office.

The character, whose name is T’Challa, is the warrior king of Wakanda, Marvel’s fictional African nation that is rich in an unbreakable alloy called vibranium.

Lupita’s character has not been revealed, although she will be the Panther’s love interest.

Black Panther has a Feb. 2, 2018, release date, with production set to start in early 2017.

Lupita last appeared as the alien Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and lent her voice for the wolf Raksha in The Jungle Book. She also is attached to star in DreamWorks’ Intelligent Life, a sci-fi drama now seeking a director, and is nominated for a Tony Award for her work in Eclipsed.

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