Star Wars: Episode VII: Lupita Nyong’o to Play Ahsoka Tano?

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Rumors regarding casting on the new Star Wars film has been circling for quite some time now. One of the biggest rumors regards Lupita Nyong’o and whom she would play if cast in Star Wars Episode VII. Fans are wondering if the role Lupita Nyong’o is up for is that of the character Ahoska Tano.

Star Wars Episode VII was announced little over a year ago after Disney bought the rights of the film franchise from George Lucas for a whopping 4.05 billionStar Wars dollars. Disney wasted no time after the acquisition and started work on a new trilogy of films to continue the franchise. The first Star Wars production Disney will release is the animated series Star Wars Rebels that will premiere later this year on Disney XD. That show will take place between Episode 4 and Episode 5 of the film franchise, and follow the events of the cancelled animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It was in Star Wars: The Clone Wars that fans were first introduced to the character of Ahsoka Tano, a young Jedi Padawan being trained by Anakin Skywalker. Ahoska Tana became a fan favorite, and many were disappointed in the manner her character was left without a proper ending in the series. (Spoiler Alert) By the end, all we know of the character is that she left the Jedi and that she also left an impact on Anakin Skywalker that would later build on his demise into Darth Vader. Her character was young in the series that takes place 30-years before the events of the new Star Wars Episode VII, so if she were in the new movie her character would be older.

Could it be that Lupita Nyong’o will play Ahoska Tano in Star Wars Episode VII? Nyong’o certainly has the look to play the fierce and powerful Jedi, of course heavy amounts of makeup would be required, and it would delight fans immensely to see Ahsoka Tano on the big screen. It would be a great opportunity for Disney to combine characters of their animated series and reintroduce them in the new film, pleasing fans who already know the character and creating new fans, as well. The Oscar-winning actress would be a great fit into the world of Star Wars and especially into the role of an older, more mature Ahsoka Tano.

It was rumored that Disney executives and J.J. Abrams held several meetings with Nyong’o to talk about a potential role for the actress in the new Star Wars film. The part was first described as the young female lead role, but that was later dismissed. It has now been rumored that the role approached to Nyong’o is that of an adult character. The new Star Wars Episode VII will be released in 2015 and filming will go on till the end of 2014, so fans still have many months of speculation as to if and whom Lupita Nyong’o will play in the new film. One thing is certain, if Lupita Nyong’o plays Ahoska Tano in the new Star Wars Episode VII it would please fans and give a whole new hope to the success of the future franchise.

Opinion by: Miguel A. Tamayo