(CBR) Few actors have years as good as the one Lupita Nyong’o is currently having right now. Fresh off of an Academy Award for her critically acclaimed performance in Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave," Nyong’o has just signed on for a role in "Star Wars: Episode VII." Not only does Nyong’o’s involvement in J.J. Abrams’ "Star Wars" sequel up the expectations for that film considerably, it also means that Nyong’o is going to use her momentum and time in the spotlight to defy convention by traveling to genres dominated by white male actors. This is a very welcome change.
This would also be a welcome change for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, should Nyong’o continue to balance her filmography with both dramatic and blockbuster roles. So far, there have been very few women of color in Marvel’s big screen output; Zoe Saldana’s Gamora is the only one that comes to mind. That’s a shame considering how progressive the MCU films have been regarding men of color and female roles. Here’s hoping that Marvel’s planning on fixing that, and that they’ll have Lupita Nyong’o put her talents to work in one of these roles.
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1997 | Action | RSummary: Odd comedy about a contract killer played by John Cusack who tries to balance completing a job with rekindling an old romance while home for his high school reunion.Director: George Armitage
Cast: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd
1993 | Drama | RSummary: Janet Jackson makes an impressive acting debut alongside a strong Tupac Shakur in the story of a young poet and hairdresser from South Central Los Angeles whose life takes new turns during a road trip to Oakland.Director: John Singleton
Cast: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King
2013 | Drama | NRSummary: Alex, blind since the age of two, dreams of running for his school's cross-country team. His father, a probation officer, finds a running partner who spends his time 'running' from the law.Director: Allan Harmon
Cast: Richard Harmon, Jaren Brandt Bartlett, Craig Bierko, Jill Hennessy
2014 | War | RSummary: After returning home from an extended tour in Afghanistan, a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother struggles to rebuild her relationship with her young son.Director: Claudia Myers
Cast: Michelle Monaghan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pablo Schreiber, Ron Livingston
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Young lust takes over as Emma Roberts plays a shy high school girl who gets dangerously close to her soccer coach, played by James Franco, while other students at school experiment with acting out on their desires and impulses.Director: Gia Coppola
Cast: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer
1937 | War | NRSummary: During World War I, two French officers concoct a plan to escape the German POW camp in which they are confined. When they are transferred to a far more secure location, they must revise their plan, which now poses infinitely greater risk.Director: Jean Renoir
Cast: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay
2012 | Drama | RSummary: Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he's managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip pulls off a miraculous crash-landing that results in ...Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood, Kelly Reilly
2011 | Drama | NRSummary: An amnesiac young woman (Sybil Temtchine) wakes up, face down on the footprints of Graumans Chinese Theatre, and spends one day, from sunrise to sunset, entirely on Hollywood Boulevard, piecing together her identity through her interaction with a host of disparate characters and famous locales.Director: Steven Peros
Cast: Sybil Temchen, H.M. Wynant, Pippa Scott, John Brickner
1985 | Comedy | PG-13Summary: Teen comedy master John Hughes combines Frankenstein and sex appeal in the story of two nerds who use a computer to build the ideal woman, then wonder if they’re ready to live with her.Director: John Hughes
Cast: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock
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