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Lupita and Idris to unite on screen?


Written by Lee Pinkerton


It just keeps getting better and better for Lupita Nyong’o . With her movie career barely out of nappies, Lupita seems to have turned conventional show-biz wisdom on its head. Until her arrival we know that there were very few roles for Black actresses, and those who did make it through tended to be of the light-skinned or mixed-race variety like Halle Berry or Paula Patton.

But with her supersonic rise to stardom, the Mexican-born, Kenyan actress has Hollywood and the fashion world completely enthralled and shows no sign of slowing down.  Her breakthrough role was in the Oscar winning 12 Years a Slave, with she herself going onto win Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her starring role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s epic.

Lupita red carpet

During the awards season she commanded more than 65 red carpets from September through March and became the darling of designers everywhere as she effortlessly pulled off Prada to Dior. Nyong’o, 31, has consolidated her foray into fashion by landing a coveted contract with Lancôme Paris, joining Julia Roberts, Penélope Cruz and Kate Winslet as a celeb ambassador for the brand. And last week People Magazine named her as the Most Beautiful Woman on the Planet.

Lupita-People-MagazineTo be touted as beautiful is not lost on the actress, who for years thought she didn’t fit the Hollywood mould.

“Beauty was what I saw on television, you know, light skin and long, flowing, straight hair,” she says. “Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.”

You would think it could get no better – but yes it has.  It is now rumoured that Lupita will be starring opposite every woman’s favourite Idris Elba in a new movie adaptation of  The Jungle Book.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the 12 Years A Slave actress is in ‘final negotiations’ to play the role of Rakcha,  the mother wolf who adopts the as yet uncast Mowgli.  Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger who will be voiced by Elba.

idris-elbaDisney is behind the latest adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling fairytale, which will be directed by Jon Favreau and blend live action with CGI.

The meteoric rise of Lupita reminds me of one of my favourite sayings.

“Those who say it can’t be done, should keep out of the way of those busy doing it.”

Lee Pinkerton