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Lupita Nyong’o rumoured to star in Star Wars

17 March 2014

Into the rumour-wagon, flyboy!

Star Wars rumours continue to come thick and fast: today's latest report suggests that 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyongo may be grappling with a lightsaber in Disney's forthcoming instalment of the franchise.

Fresh from winning an Oscar for her debut feature role, Nyong’o has been linked to appear in JJ Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII for an unspecified role.

The original report in trade mag The Hollywood Reporter speculated that the character could be "a descendent of Obi-Wan Kenobi". It would not be one of the two lead roles mentioned in Disney's casting call from late last year.

That would make sense: the casting call sought a male and female actor in their early 20s, while Nyongo is 31.

As ever, Disney and Lucasfilm have confirmed absolutely nothing, other than the appearance of R2-D2.

Other actors rumoured to appear in the cast include (deep breath...) Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sullivan Stapleton, Liam McIntyre, Simon Pegg, Zac Efron, Jesse Plemons, John Boyega, Ed Speelers, Matthew James Thomas, Ray Fisher, and - as Sky Movies exclusively revealed to the world - Gary Oldman.

Star Wars: Episode VII is due to start shooting in May; it's out in cinemas on December 18th, 2015.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]