“Black Panther” is getting its solo movie because it had a very successful debut in “Captain America: Civil War.” Reportedly, an Oscar-winning actress is set to join its cast — Lupita Nyong’O!
According to Screen Rant, T’Challa is given his solo movie set 2018 for such a job well done. Chadwick Boseman will be reprising this role, with Creed director Ryan Coogler at the helm and co-writing the script with Joe Robert Cole.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lupita Nyong’o the Oscar-winning actress of “12 Years a Slave” has now entered talks to be the protagonist’s potential love interest. She is already a part of Disney and has starred in other Disney and Disney affiliated films.
The question is, who among T’Challa’s love interests will the actress play? Most probably not Storm.
T’Challa’s most famous love interest is Ororo Munroe a.k.a. Storm from the X-Men. Nyong’O will not be able to play Storm anytime soon due to the rights of the X-Men franchise belonging to 20th Century Fox.
A more likely potential role for Nyong’o would be Monica Lynne, another long time love interest in the world of Marvel Comics. Lynne is a singer who saved his life during their first encounter.
She could also potentially play a member of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan women who are also the personal bodyguards of the ‘Black Panther’. Ancient Wakandan tribal culture dictates that they are selected as potential queens to unmarried Wakandan Kings.
Whichever role she plays it would be great to see Lupita Nyong’o in any the Marvel film. The only question now is will the writing be enough to deserve her Oscar-Winning talent.
Lupita Nyong’o’s roles include the alien Maz Kanata in “Star Wars: Episode 7” which she will reprise in “Star Wars: Episode 8.” She also played Raksha, the adoptive wolf mother of Mowgli in Jon Favreau’s “Jungle Book.”
Meanwhile, it is still unknown if other ‘Black Panther‘ characters who already made their debut will return for the film. Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman portrayed characters that already appeared in other MCU films have ties to T’Challa’s home country Wakanda.