Lupita Nyong’o is negotiations to star in sci-fi thriller INTELLIGENT LIFE. Behind the camera, acclaimed director Ava DuVernay is circling the project with an offer likely to go out this week. The project hails from Amblin Entertainment and Big Beach Films.
The film is a reworking of Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly’s The Ambassador, which follows 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. Trevorrow is producing with Frank Marshall.
Big Beach previously worked with Trevorrow and Connolly on the Amblin-esque Safety Not Guaranteed, which helped pave the way for the duo to tackle last year’s Jurassic World.
Trevorrow will not be helming Intelligent Life, with DuVernay currently circling the project. DuVernay is best known for the award-winning Selma and is also in talks to direct classic children’s novel A Wrinkle In Time for Disney.
Nyong’o burst onto the scene in 12 Years A Slave and most recently voiced the now-fan-favorite Maz Kanata in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She next stars in Queen of Katwe alongside Selma-lead David Oyelowo, as well as lending her voice to The Jungle Book.