Lupita Nyong’o to Star in Remake of John Woo’s Classic ‘The Killer’

Following her stellar performance in the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther, it has been announced that Lupita Nyong’o will star in the John Woo remake of his 1989 crime film “The Killer.”

According to Deadline, Nyong’o will star in the film as an assassin who puts her own life on the line to right a wrong from the past. In the original film, the assassin (played by Chow Yun-fat) attempts to help a women that was accidently blinded during his last hit. To earn money for her expensive surgery, the assassin must perform one last hit. Described by Universal as a “blistering thriller that blends espionage with extraordinary stunts,” it should be interesting to see Nyong’o take on the role as a cold mob assassin.

The remake will be helmed by the original director, John Woo, who will also serve as a producer for the film. Along with Woo, eOne’s Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan, Grey’s Anatomy), Lori Tilkin (Face/Off) and Matt Jackson (Snitch, Fifty Shades of Black) will produce the film. It is also reported that Collide director Eran Creevy will be adapting the script for the film.

Production for “The Killer” is expected to begin later this year in Germany and France.

Along with the Hong Kong classic, it was reported earlier this year that the Oscar-winning actress will star in the film adaptation of Trevor Noah’s autobiography “Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.” When announcing the exciting news the acclaimed actress expressed her excitement for her upcoming role. “When I read [Trevor Noah’s] “Born A Crime,” I could not put the book down,” she wrote on Twitter. “Excited to announce that I will be starring in and producing its feature film adaptation!”

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