Black Panther continues to become even more exciting. After the character wowed audiences in Captain America: Civil War and with the extremely talented Ryan Coogler directing, THR is now reporting that Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to join the cast.
There are currently no details on the role Nyong’o would play other than she’s the love interest. While that seems like a bit of a step down on the surface, it depends on the quality of the writing. Tessa Thompson’s character in Creed is technically the love interest, but she’s fully fleshed out and has her own internal life. The same goes for Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger. “Love interest” is a dirty word because it usually means an underdeveloped character, but I trust not only Coogler, but also Nyong’o to make it into someone worth caring about, whomever she may be.
Nyong’o recently has been doing voice work in the hugely successful Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Jungle Book, but she’ll be back out in front of the camera later this year in the chess drama Queen of Katwe. She’s also signed onto star in DreamWorks’ sci-fi film Intelligent Life, which is currently looking for a director.
Black Panther opens on February 16, 2018 with filming set to begin in early 2017. It will be interesting see what other big name talent the film is able to get as the casting process continues. I’m also curious if any other previous Marvel stars such as Andy Serkis or Martin Freeman, who play Ulysses Klaw and Everett Ross, respectively, will be crossing into Black Panther since their characters appear in the Black Panther comics.