Latest News: Technology |  Celebrity |  Movies |  Apple |  Cars |  Business |  Sports |  TV Shows |  Geek


Filed under: News | Misc


Why Lupita Nyong'o Should Be The Star Of The Next Star Wars

Mar 16 2014, 12:05am CDT | by

1 Updates
Why Lupita Nyong'o Should Be The Star Of The Next Star Wars

YouTube Videos Comments

Full Story

Why Lupita Nyong'o Should Be The Star Of The Next Star Wars

Hollywood Reporter reported on Friday that Lupita Nyong’o, the Academy Award-winning actress from 12 Years A Slave, might be talking to J.J. Abrams about a role in the upcoming Star Wars VII. Possibly even a lead role (the new trilogy’s equivalent, I suppose, of Princess Leia). Lots of fans have reacted positively to this news. And I’m mostly excited about it, too. Nyong’o is an amazingly talented and charismatic actress.

But here’s my problem: assuming these reports are accurate, she shouldn’t be in talks for this role at all. What she should be in talks for is the star role.

From all reports (and granted, a lot of this is rumor and supposition) the lead role is currently being contested over by – wait for it – young male actors. And if Hollywood’s history is any guide, the winner of that role will almost certainly be a white male.

That would be a mistake. For many reasons, the new Star Wars movie would be better served with Nyong’o as the star. It should be as much her character story as the original trilogy belonged to Luke Skywalker.

The first and foremost reason for that is simple. She’d be awesome. Her Academy Award for 12 Years A Slave was 100% deserved, as anyone who has seen the film can attest. And if you haven’t seen it? Go read the reviews – virtually all of them call out Nyong’o's performance. This in a movie anchored by the amazing actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (my pick for the next James Bond, if Barbara Broccoli is reading this) and featuring great performances by Michael Fessbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfre Woodard and many other immensely talented actors and actresses.

I like a lot of the people rumored to be in contention for the lead role of the next Star Wars. But none of them, in my opinion, are as talented as Nyong’o.

But there’s a second, and I think, far more important reason why Nyong’o should have the starring role in the next Star Wars. That’s because Star Wars is iconic. It’s part of American culture. Beyond American culture, in fact – all three of the prequel trilogy movies had a higher box office internationally than they had in the U.S. Even people who have never seen a Star Wars movie probably know phrases like “May the Force be with you” and could identify a lightsaber.

So taking that iconic part of American culture and making movies that tell the story of a young black woman is a cultural game changer. A game changer that’s very long overdue. When Star Trek first lanched in 1966, having a black woman as a bridge officer was groundbreaking. Uhura was an inspiration to a generation of young black people (including Martin Luther King, Jr.), who saw someone like themselves in a position of authority, working alongside people of other races in the future.

Fast forward nearly 50 years since Star Trek launched and little black girls who want to dream about being heroes in the future can turn on the TV and imagine themselves as, well, um, Uhura. Okay, there’s a handful of others, too. Zoe Washburne, Anastasia Dualla, Martha Jones… but the list is pretty painfully short. And all of them are in supporting roles in somebody else’s story (usually a white guy’s story). None of them have been a star or had their stories told in depth.

It’s not fair.

When I was a kid growing up, I didn’t have to look hard for heroes who looked like me – from Indiana Jones to Luke Skywalker to Superman to Batman to Han Solo to Captain Kirk to Sherlock Holmes. I could pick and choose. And that hasn’t changed in the years since.

Every kid deserves the chance to see a hero who looks like them.

And the new Star Wars movies deserve to be led by a strong, powerful actor who can make them great again.

Making Lupita Nyong’o the star of those movies is a win-win.

Follow me on Twitter or Facebook. Read my Forbes blog here.

Source: Forbes


You Might Also Like


Sponsored Update


More From the Web

Shopping Deals


<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/31" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.




blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Tinder App Review
Tinder App Review
Tinder is a great mobile app for those who love making new friends. It's a fun way to make interesting people your friends. Just log in, swipe right to like or left to pass, and if the person likes you back, “It's a Match” for you. Making friends is a lot fun now if you are on Tinder.
SketchBook Pro App Review
SketchBook Pro App Review
Sketchbook Pro, as the name suggests, is a professional-grade design and illustration app. The app is appraised to be one of the best mobile apps for design, sketching, painting and illustration. This app is predominantly used by on-the-go artists, designers and illustrators. This app is also used by teens who are interested in arts and by children to practice drawing and painting in a way that is much more interactive than regular painting book activities. So on the whole, SketchBook Pro is a very productive mobile application that targets a heterogeneous audience.
Trolls vs Vikings Game Review
Trolls vs Vikings Game Review
The Trolls and Zombie has become a very popular game recently as nearly half a million people have downloaded this game since its launch. People of all ages love to play this game as it has got something for everybody.
Bounden Game Review
Bounden Game Review
The Bounden is a fantastic game app which features different styles of dances in a very unique way. It is an app which is one of its kinds and people wouldn’t have experienced anything like this before. It has a good following and the app always had an increased curve of popularity since it was launched.

About the Geek Mind

The “geek mind” is concerned with more than just the latest iPhone rumors, or which company will win the gaming console wars. I4U is concerned with more than just the latest photo shoot or other celebrity gossip.

The “geek mind” is concerned with life, in all its different forms and facets. The geek mind wants to know about societal and financial issues, both abroad and at home. If a Fortune 500 decides to raise their minimum wage, or any high priority news, the geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants to know the top teams in the National Football League, or who’s likely to win the NBA Finals this coming year. The geek mind wants to know who the hottest new models are, or whether the newest blockbuster movie is worth seeing. The geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants—needs—knowledge.

Read more about The Geek Mind.