Could Lupita Nyong’o Be T’Challa’s Love Interest In The Black Panther Movie?


The mid-credit scene of Captain America: Civil War certainly left the door open in Wakanda. So here’s some Black Panther news for you. 

Creed director Ryan Coogler’s in charge of the Panther solo film.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that none other than Lupita Nyong’o is currently in talks to play T’Challa’s love interest. Lucky Chadwick Boseman!

T’Challa was introduced in Civil War as prince of the fictional African nation Wakanda.

Spoiler Alert!

He ends the movie as a king, who’s made a pretty controversial decision in harbouring both Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes (currently: frozen once more) – who are fugitives on the run from the UN.

I wonder if that’s going to get him into trouble? 

We’ll have to wait a while until his solo movie, which has a release date set for February 18th. Who knows how much the situation will change before then?

Nyong’o has been snapped up by Disney since her Oscar win for 12 Years A Slave, with her motion-capture role as Maz Kanata in the Star Wars franchise and voice role as she-wolf Raksha in The Jungle Book, currently in theatres.

It’ll certainly be awesome to get a closer look at Wakanda. It’s possible fellow mo-cap star Andy Serkis will be making a comeback as Ulysses Klaue, who we saw in Avengers: Age of Ultron – a shady arms dealer with a stake in the vibranium market. Maybe T’Challa will have a new shield made for Steve, since he left the old one behind. The possibilities are endless, but fingers crossed Wakanda and its inhabitants get the attention and respect they deserve.

T’Challa has a long history in the Marvel universe. Hopes are that Boseman’s Howard University buddy Ta-Nehisi Coates’ current Black Panther comic book run might inspire the film plot wise.

What are your hopes and fears for the Black Panther movie?! 

Sneh Rupra

Sneh is a 19 year old Classics student from London who loves all things Marvel! When not reading comics or crying over Cap 2, she can be found watching Hannibal from behind the sofa, forcing herself to read ASoIaF or, most likely, sleeping.
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