John Woo Taps Lupita Nyong'o For 'The Killer' Redo At Universal

And after almost 30 years, Woo will be returning to The Killer to direct his own remake.

The career trajectory of Lupita Nyong'o is that of smash hit after smash hit.

Black Panther's Lupita Nyong'o is now in negotiations to star in the remake of John Woo's classic action adventure, The Killer. Woo will helm the project and produce alongside Mark Gordon (Source Code) and Matt Jackson. The movie is set to be remade by original director John Woo for Universal and eOne, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with Nyongo'o playing the role of the assassin, originally performed by Chow Yun-fat. Luc Etienne will executive produce. The film will begin production later this year in France and Germany.

The remake will follow the same beats, with Nyong'o's hitwoman accidentally blinding another woman.

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The film is a touchstone picture, one widely emulated for its balletic, stylized violent scenes.

Lupita Nyong'o was given an award by Hollywood for her supporting role in 12 Years a Slave and was also handed a role in blaxploitation film, Black Panther, but she definitely doesn't seem like one suited for an action role in one of the most iconic John Woo films of all time. The redo will blend espionage with extraordinary stunts to capture the feel of the original.

Production vp Sara Scott will oversee for Universal.

Nyong'o is repped by CAA and Del, Shaw, Moonves. Helgeland is with CAA and Jackoway Tyerman, Creevy with CAA and 42, and Campbell & Stuecken are UTA and Madhouse.

  • Lawrence Cooper