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Star Wars: Episode VII eyes 12 Years a Slave Star Lupita Nyong’o!

March 15th, 2014 by Edwin Torres Jr Comments

Lupita Nyong’o, recent Academy Award winner, for her performance in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, is being eyed for a role in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII! Latino Review broke the rumor and The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the actress has recently met with J.J. Abrams.

Because of the secrecy, it is unclear which role it is. 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.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams from a script that he wrote with Lawrence Kasdan. The movie is rumored to focus on a new generation of heroes and could include appearances by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in older versions of their iconic characters from the original Star Wars trilogy. The film is expected to begin shooting in May of 2014 and will hit theaters on December 18, 2015.

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