Kenyan actress Lupita Nyongo known for her role in MTV Shuga series as Ayira has been cast in a role, which will propel her into the Hollywood limelight. Lupita will play the role of a slave who is the object of both the affections and cruelty of Master Epps (Michael Fassbender)," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
|Lupita at her Yale graduation|
The Yale graduate will play Patsey in a star studded cast film by Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave.
Some of her fellow cast members will include, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scoot McNairy, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti and Sarah Paulson.
Twelve Years a Slave is being produced by Brad Pitt through his production company, Plan B Entertainment. John Ridley, writer of Red Tails and Undercover Brother, has co-written the screenplay with McQueen. Production is set to start in July.