Another Hollywood door has opened up for Kenyan actress Lupita Nyongâ€™o, this time in the form of an action thriller called Non-Stop that features Liam Neeson (Taken) and Emmy Award winner Julianne Moore.
Lupita plays an air hostess called Gwen in the film, where Neeson is a Federal Air Marshall who has to stave off a hostage scenario of sorts.
The plot involves Neeson receiving threatening messages during the flight from a criminal who says that the lead actor must kill himself, or watch one passenger die every 20 minutes.
Lupitaâ€™s role will be alongside Michelle Dockery of the ultra-famous TV production Downton Abbey.
â€œI got the role about three weeks ago and we start shooting in November in New York,â€ she told Capital Lifestyle.
The young actress, who is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, recently wrapped up filming for the drama 12 Years a Slave, starring Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt among others in an impressive cast line-up.
She played the role of Patsey, a slave who is the object of both the cruelty and affection of Master Epps, played by Fassbender,
Her performance in the role was feted by fellow actors including UK-based Nigerian star Chiwetel Ejiofor.
â€œWe just finished 12 Years a Slave and it was an incredible cast of people. Lupita Nyongâ€™o was there, yesâ€¦ During the final shoot of the film, Lupita was central to the story and she was terrific. Sheâ€™s a very talented actress,â€ he said in an interview with Capital Lifestyle.
Both 12 Years a Slave and Non-Stop are expected to be released in 2013.
Non-Stop is director Jaume Collet-Serraâ€™s baby, and will be under Silver Pictures. Collet-Serra has five movies under his belt including Unknown, Orphan and House of Wax
Neeson and Moore play a couple in the movie that also stars Corey Stoll, Linus Roache and the talented Nate Parker.