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Lupita Nyong'o has always wanted to play a superhero

2016-10-29 16:00

Los Angeles - Lupita Nyong'o was beyond thrilled to be cast in Black Panther as a superhero film was on her "bucket list".

The 33-year-old actress recently nabbed the part of Wakandan special forces warrior Nakia, a member of T'Challa's personal guard, in the upcoming Marvel movie and she couldn't be happier to fulfil her ambition.

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She said: "(Playing a superhero) was on my bucket list. I definitely believe that if something is meant for me, it will come to be. But that doesn't make me passive. It is about holding on tightly and letting go lightly."

Filming on the Ryan Coogler directed blockbuster kicks off in January with Lupita starring alongside Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa - who becomes the Black Panther after his father, the king of the fictional African nation Wakanda, is assassinated - and Michael B. Jordan as main villain Erik Killmonger.

Her character Nakia could also be set for a villainous turn as in the comic book series she becomes Malice, one of Killmonger's mutated allies in his fight for the throne of Wakanda.

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