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When Lupita Nyong’o made her splash in 12 Years A Slave, I don’t think even she imagined the success that would come her way. She deservedly won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for that film. Since then, she has gotten many opportunities to showcase what she can do as an actress.

Nyong’o has explored several of those opportunities within various branches of the Disney family tree. She gave an excellent motion capture performance as Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year. She also showed those abilities again when she played Mowgli’s adoptive mother, Raksha, in The Jungle Book earlier this year. Her next Disney collaboration, Queen of Katwe, is set to open later this month, and she will reprise her role as Maz Kanata in Star Wars: Episode VIII next year. More importantly, she is set to have a large role in the Black Panther solo film as Nakia.

Collider spoke with Lupita Nyong’o at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Queen of Katwe premiered last week. They asked her about many of her upcoming projects, one of which was her role in Black Panther. She was asked how excited she was to join the elite actors which populate the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as the prospect of working with director Ryan Coogler, who has already gained much acclaim from last year’s smash hit Creed.

“I am so excited. I can’t wait to kick ass and learn all sorts of cool things that my body can do. I’m so looking forward to it, to work with Ryan Coogler who’s such an incredible human being. It’s gonna be fun, and the cast. The cast!”

It’s hard to imagine a more incredible cast than the one that is filling the Black Panther movie. First of all, we have Chadwick Boseman leading the show as T’Challa, whom audiences fell in love with earlier this year in Captain America: Civil War. Acting opposite him is frequent Coogler collaborator, Michael B. Jordan, playing the villainous Erik Kilmonger. Jordan of course starred in Coogler’s last two films, Fruitvale Station and Creed.

Rounding out the cast is Danai Gurira of Walking Dead fame playing  Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje, the Wakandan secret service. Nyong’o’s character, Nakia, is also said to be part of the Dora Milaje, so she will clearly get to do her fair share of ass kicking. And that’s not even including actors and characters that we’ve seen in prior Marvel Studios films that we know are connected to the Black Panther world, such as Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis, possibly playing Everett K. Ross and Ulysses Klaue, respectively. Even if those two actors don’t make an appearance, it’s a stellar cast.

Black Panther arrives in theaters on February 16, 2018.