Lupita rumored to be in the running for lead role in next Star Wars flick

Lupita Nyong’o has truly arrived. Fresh off her Academy Award win for Best Supporting Actress, the “12 Years a Slave” star is now part of the “Star Wars” rumor mill. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Nyong’o had met with director J.J. Abrams about potentially playing an offspring of Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Episode VII.” The rumor is yet to be confirmed.

Lupita has yet to book a follow-up part to “12 Years a Slave,” but she did appear in the Liam Neeson film “Non-Stop” in February in a small supporting role.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” is due out in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. It’s expected that production will begin in the spring.

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