04/24/2014 10:15 am ET Updated Apr 24, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o's Next Film Will Likely Be 'The Jungle Book'

Almost two months after she won the Oscar for "12 Years a Slave," Lupita Nyong'o's name is still on everyone's mind, mainly in form of a question: When will she solidify her next movie role?

We may finally have an answer, as reports indicate Nyong'o is in final negotiations to join the cast of Jon Favreau's "Jungle Book" update. If she signs on, she'll play Rakcha, a mother wolf who adopts Mowgli, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The Jungle Book" would mark Nyongo's third feature film. In addition to "12 Years a Slave," she had a small role in the February action-thriller "Non-Stop."

Nyong'o, who this week was crowned People's Most Beautiful Person, may find company in Scarlett Johansson. The actress is in earlier stages of talks to join the "Jungle Book" cast, voicing the villainous python Kaa. If Johansson signs on, it'll mark another collaboration with Favreau, who previously directed "Iron Man 2" and next month's "Chef."

Nyong'o and Johansson join Idris Elbra, who is already set to voice Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger. Disney's live-action/CGI hybrid is set to open Oct. 9, 2015.



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