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Lupita the Killer? John Woo Remake Looks to Star Nyong’o in the Lead Role

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Legendary Hong Kong director John Woo is set to direct a modern-day reimagining of the 1989 cult film The Killer and hopes to cast Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) in the lead role! Nyong’o would play the titular “killer,” a role made famous by Chow Yun-fat (The Monkey King, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) in the original. John Woo’s new film sees Lupita seeking redemption by risking her own life to protect a bind woman. As it turns out, the blindness was caused by Lupita’s character after her last assassination hit. The initial release of The Killer saw Chow Yun-fat’s “Danny” eventually fall in love with the woman, “Jennie,” played in the original by Sally Yeh. As this is to be considered a re-imagining and not a full-on remake, there’s no way to tell currently if that sub-plot will remain. During its initial release The Killer drew parallels to movies like The Terminator and RoboCop and is remembered amongst genre fans for its high body count and stylized shootouts. The remake is said to contain an espionage element in addition to the stunt-heavy action set pieces the director is known for.

Lupita Nyong’o is becoming somewhat of an action hero in her own right. Nyongo’o stunned audiences in Black Panther as the fierce but level-headed warrior, Nakia. Lupita will also be starring in The Woman King for Tri-Star Pictures opposite Viola Davis. John Woo’s new version of The Killer will likely draw parallels to Screen Gems’ Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson as the two contain similar plot elements. Alongside Gabrielle Union in the upcoming Breaking In, and Henson in Proud Mary, Lupita Nyong’o also looks to make her mark in the action hero sub-genre, one which typically sees Woman characters as love interests or villains. “As an actress who grew up watching everyone but myself, I feel like part of changing the narrative is changing the perspective of the narrative,” stated Lupita at the most-recent Tribeca Film Festival. “I know my story best, and I want to be able to tell my story and tell it with people like me who also feel this gaping hole of representation.”

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