Last year marked her first feature film role, one that resulted in taking home an Oscar, and now Lupita Nyong’o is clearly on the brain of every casting director in Hollywood. She’s taking part in the biggest film coming out of the studio system in the forthcoming years, but today we have news on a much more promising project that’ll give her more creative control.
Variety reports that she’s set to producer and star in an adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah, reteaming with Brad Pitt‘s Plan B production company. The story will follow the harrowing immigrant adventures over a young Nigerian couple and their journey across three continents. No writer or director has been set yet, but hopefully Nyong’o can make it her focus after Star Wars production wraps up this year.
In less exciting news, MGM is once again going to the remake well, and after many rumors, it looks like talks have begun on their redo of The Magnificent Seven. Deadline reports that Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua are looking to reteam after Training Day and the upcoming thriller The Equalizer for the project. We can’t say we’re all that excited for a remake of a remake, but perhaps if the the rest of the case is worthwhile it could at least turn out better than The Expendables franchise.
Lastly, after sweeping Sundance with the drama Whiplash, we’ve known director Damien Chazelle was looking to reteam with Miles Teller for his next project, and now we have more details. His musical La La Land is now recruiting Emma Watson, The Wrap reports. The story would follow Watson as an aspiring actress Mia and her relationship with a pianist named Sebastian in Los Angeles. Surrounding “big dreams, the big city and the kind of love that makes life feel like a musical,” production would kick off early next year. In the meantime, check out the first clip for Whiplash, which lands in October.
Which of the above projects are you most looking forward to?