Lupita Nyong’o Is Excited for ‘Black Panther’ Filming


Lupita Nyong’o is excited to find out what her body “can do” when she is filming Black Panther.

The 33-year-old actress is to star as Nakia in the upcoming Marvel superhero movie, and she is looking forward to teaming up with director Ryan Coogler for the Avengers: Age of Ultron sequel.

She said: “I am so excited, I can’t wait to kick ass and learn all things that my body can do. I’m so looking forward to working with Ryan Coogler, who is such an incredible human being, and the cast. So it’s going to be fun.”

Nyong’o’s character will be the love interest for Black Panther/T’Challa – who is played by Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed the role in Captain America: Civil War – and in the comics Nakia grows up dreaming of marrying the titular character.

After voicing the character of Raksha in The Jungle Book earlier this year and starring as Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, plus signing up for Marvel’s Black Panther, she joked it feels as though she is tied down to only Disney and Marvel movies in her career.

When asked if she has an exclusive contract with the companies, she told Collider: “It feels like it, it sure does feel like it. And I am loving the contract.”

Nyong’o is to reprise her role as Maz in next year’s Star Wars: Episode VIII, but is yet to start filming the part.

When asked what it was like working with director Rian Johnson, she added: “I haven’t worked with him yet, we’re yet to shoot. That’s in my future.”

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