Oscar Award winning Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to feature in Intelligent Life, a sci-fi thriller from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment.
While Ava DuVernay is likely to direct the project, other top names on the creative side include, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and his collaborator Derek Connolly wrote the script. Frank Marshall is producing with Trevorrow as well as production banner Big Beach.
Intelligent Life is a reworking of an earlier Trevorrow-Connolly project titled The Ambassador about a U.N. worker in a department that was created to represent humankind in the event of alien contact. The man falls in love with a mysterious woman who turns out to be an alien. The tone is said to be similar to Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed and takes The Ambassador to a larger scale story.
Nyong’o will play the woman at the center of the alien contact if she lands the role, with a summer kick off in plans.
Nyong’o won an Oscar for her breakout performance in 12 Years a Slave, a movie that also was her big-screen debut. She recently appeared as alien Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and is part of the all-star voice cast of Disney’s The Jungle Book, which opens April 15. The actress also stars in Disney’s chess drama Queen of Katwe with David Oyelowo.