Filmmakers woo Lupita Nyong’o for Bond 25

Barbara Broccoli and Cary Joji Fukunaga reportedly want Black Panther actress in Bond 25.

Lupita Nyong’o at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (Gordon Correll/Flickr)

Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye says that Barbara Broccoli and Cary Joji Fukunaga want to sign Lupita Nyong’o for Bond 25. Bamigboye is well connected and over the years has been proved consistently right about the more recent Bond films. He’s worth taking notice of.

Bamigboye first asked an unnamed executive about the rumour that Emma Stone had been signed, which was “dismissed as nonsense”. The response when he mentioned Lupita Nyong’o was rather different though:

“How the hell do you know about that?”

Nyong’o won critical acclaim in 12 Years a Slave (2013), played the motion capture role and voice of Maz Kanata in The Force Awakens (which she will reprise in Star Wars IX), voiced a she-wolf in The Jungle Book (2016), and starred as Nakia in Black Panther (2018). However, according to Bamigboye, she may not be available.

Bamigboye also mentions that script doctor Scott Z Burns is halfway through he draft of the Purvis and Wade script. He also reconfirms that Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris are all in Bond 25, the latter possibly with an expanded role.

Source: Daily Mail

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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