Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to become part of the Marvel Universe as Black Panther’s love interest. According to one source with knowledge of the goings on, “There has been a lot of talk about her doing it. But we don’t know if she is going to do it yet.” If the deal makes, Nyong’o, who next can be seen in Disney’s Queen Of Katwe with David Oyelowo, will be part of the next superhero stand-alone film in the Marvel lineup toplined by Chadwick Boseman and directed by Creed‘s Ryan Coogler.
As for who Nyong’o might play, Marvel isn’t saying, but Black Panther has had several crucial relationships over the 50 years since his introduction — the most significant being Ororo Munroe, otherwise known as The X-Men’s Storm. The pair were married in a 2006 storyline that tied in to Marvel’s Civil War crossover event (the basis for, yep, Captain America: Civil War), but later divorced. Rule that one out however — Fox holds film rights to all X-Men characters, and Storm is currently played by Alexandra Shipp in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing the movie, which continues a storyline first introduced in Captain America: Civil War about a prince of an African nation who rises to fight after his father’s murder at the UN. Black Panther is scheduled right now to debut in theaters on February 16, 2018.
News of Nyong’o’s talks first broke in THR. Nyong’o is repped by CAA and D2 Management.