Exciting news for fans who liked the lookof Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War - Lupita Nyong'o is now in talksto join the cast of his first stand-alone film.
If she is locked in to appear opposite
Chadwick Boseman it could represent quite a coup for the film, which will be
directed by Creed's Ryan Coogler who has been working on the script with Joe
Her exact role has yet to be announced, and
there has been no official statement from Marvel about it, bu t we're sure that
information will arrive in due time.
And according to The Hollywood Reporter,there are to be some romantic sparks between the two…
…which is weird because romance isn’tusually something on the mind of Boseman's T'Challa, the eponymous hero andruler of the fictional African nation of Wakanda…or it is and another studio
has the rights to his high profile love interest *cough* Storm *cough*.
Delving into their pile of trade paperbacks,
THR have speculated just who she might be playing.
Firstly, there’s Monica Lynne, a long time
love interest of the Black Panther, Lynne is an American professional singer
who met the hero when he rescued her from the racist organization the Sons of
the Serpent. Although the relationship between the two mostly happened
behind-the-scenes, Lynne was shown in Wakanda during the Black Panther's first
solo run in the Jungle Action series, and was even engaged to the hero during
the 1991 series Black Panther: Panther's Prey.
Then there’s Malaika, the Wakandan tradeambassador to Paris, as well as a member of the Order of the Panther, who’s
relationship with the Black Panther was largely confined to backstory and after
her sole appearance in the 1988 Black Panther Vol.2, she isn’t heard from
So yeah, not a big romantic lead…
Then there’s the fantastically named QueenDivine Justice; she’s not a love interest per se but her history - the daughter
of the chieftain to a tribe outlawed by T'Challa, she was exiled to and raised
in Chicago before serving as one of the Dora Milaje, the bodyguards to the king
of Wakanda, and drawn into conflicts with the Black Panther's enemies — makes
her one of the most formidable women in the entire Black Panther mythos.
And finally there’s Shuri – sure she’s not
a love interest but she is T’Challa’s half-sister and his equal. Indeed, she
claimed the mantle of the Black Panther for her own when she replaced T'Challa
as the ruler of Wakanda, following the latter's collapse into a (thankfully
temporary) comatose state. Even before her time as the Wakandan queen, Shuri
had dealt with alien invasions and attacks by super powered beings; once she
was in charge of the country, she successfully fought off threats from Doctor
Doom, Thanos and declared war on Atlantis.
Whoever she ends up playing, Nyong'o hasbeen on a stratospheric rise since her Oscar-winning performance in 12 Years A
Slave. She 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.
Black Panther is released in the UK on July, 6th 2018.