Seizing her new found status with both hands, Academy Award® winning 12 Years A Slave (2013) actress Lupita Nyong'o is currently on our screens in J.J. Abrams' record breaking Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Now she is looking for her next project, with news arriving via The Hollywood Reporter that she is entering talks to star in Intelligent Life.
And if this one comes together, it could be quite the combination of filmmaking talent, as the script comes from Jurassic World (2015) duo Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly and Ava DuVernay (Selma) is about to receive an offer to direct it.
Expanding on earlier script by Trevorrow and Connolly called The Ambassador, Intelligent Life follows a United Nations worker in a department created to represent humanity in the event of alien contact. He falls for a mysterious woman (presumably Nyong'o, if she takes the role) who turns out to be an extraterrestrial.
Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment are backing the film, with Jurassic World producer Frank Marshall on board to oversee it. DuVernay's involvement is subject to her agreeing to take it on, but it would be fascinating to see someone of her considerable filmmaking talent tackle science fiction. And it's not the only project she is considering – Walt Disney Pictures are offering her the director's job on book adaptation A Wrinkle In Time, and The Hollywood Reporter suggests the timing is such that she could end up doing both.
Assuming the pieces all fall into place, Intelligent Life will start shooting this summer. Nyong'o will be providing her vocal talents again as the voice of Raksha in Jon Favreau's (Cowboys & Aliens) The Jungle Book, out here on 15 April.