Lupita Nyong’o only just arrived as a feature actress, via her tremendous Oscar-winning performance in 12 Years a Slave. Now, after completing a role in Non-Stop and booking a gig in Star Wars Episode VII, she’s making a step that takes some actors a very long time to achieve. Rather than waiting for her ideal role to come around, she is producing an adaptation of the novel Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The novel is an epic love story that crosses continents and explores modern immigration, race, and the search for a homeland. Read More »
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Those who were upset that the first big wave of Star Wars Episode VII casting did not include more women can breathe a bit easier. Lupita Nyong’o (Non-Stop, and winner of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 12 Years a Slave) and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) have just been added to the cast. Read More »
Today’s bombshell news of the primary cast for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII was met with one major and valid piece of criticism. Of all the new additions, only one woman — Daisy Ridley — was part of the cast. This was odd for a few reasons, the most obviously being huge gender imbalance but also because the original casting breakdowns had two female parts. It seems one last Star Wars female character has yet to be cast. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Idris Elba is getting some talented company in Disney’s The Jungle Book. Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o are reportedly in talks for the Jon Favreau-directed feature, a live-action/CG hybrid based on Rudyard Kipling‘s classic tales. Hit the jump to find out which characters they’ll be playing.
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Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o has met with, and may sign on for, a key role in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars Episode 7. The 12 Years A Slave star reportedly is “extremely close” to playing a role not related to the original trilogy. It may be a Sith or a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
It may not be a tradition as entrenched as the Golden Globes drunkenness or office Oscar pools, but for the past twenty years the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue has been a fun fixture of awards season. The magazine gathers up the brightest stars of the year, pretties them up and poses them just so, and snaps a photo that simultaneously celebrates the year that was and looks ahead at the years to come.
This year’s choices are a nice mix of established A-listers (George Clooney, Julia Roberts), rising veterans (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba), and exciting fresh faces (Lupita Nyong’o, Margot Robbie). Hit the jump to see the full spread.
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The new film from director Steve McQueen (Shame, Hunger) is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man who was kidnapped and held as a slave for over a decade. In 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Northrup, and we see his horrific journey and what amounts to years of imprisonment as a slave as he is tormented by captors and owners.
The impressive cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhane Wallis, Lupita Nyongo, Scoot McNairy, Michael Kenneth Williams and Garret Dillahunt. The story is wrenching — if Django Unchained played fast and loose with history, this is the film that attempts to tell the story of a slave’s emancipation from more true-to-life details. The trailer has an air of Oscar bait about it, but the emotions it calls up are undeniable. And knowing the way McQueen’s films work, the trailer could be a much more audience-friendly experience than the final film will be. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
The name Solomon Northup may not ring a bell for most people, but Steve McQueen and his star-studded cast could help change that this winter with Twelve Years a Slave.
Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Northup, a free man who was tricked and sold into slavery as an adult. He spent a dozen years working on plantations before eventually finding his way to freedom once more. Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson, Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Paul Giamatti, Michael K. Williams, Alfre Woodard, and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o are also among the cast. See the first official stills from the movie after the jump.
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