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Zoe Saldana And Lupita Nyong’o Need To Make A Movie Together

Lupita Nyong’o (Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Marie Claire)


And this movie needs to be titled “OMFG DID YOU SEE ZOE AND LUPITA LAST NIGHT???” And it needs to star Zoe Saldana and Lupita Nyong’o. And whoever the hell else wants to be in it because whoever the hell else wants to be in it doesn’t matter as long as Zoe Saldana and Lupita Nyong’o are on the same screen in the same movie at the same time. And the plot…well, it won’t need much of a plot. Just a collection of scenes. Like, “Zoe and Lupita see each other in the supermarket, hug, and talk about upcoming projects and guacamole recipes.” And “Zoe and Lupita see each other while waiting in line for brunch. And the line is too long so they both decide to go to another brunch spot together.” And “Zoe and Lupita are on opposing teams while playing Taboo at a mutual friend’s game night, and they’re both surprisingly competitive.” And “Zoe and Lupita gave impassioned speeches at the same award show.”

I know some Hollywood people read VSB (well, like two and a half Hollywood people, but still), so if you’re a Hollywood person who reads VSB and you’re reading this, make this happen.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • KMN

    Lupita YES…she can walk her dog and read the paper and I’d watch that but Zoe? Meh…i’ve never liked her for some reason…can’t quite put my finger on it (and this was WAY before the whole Nina Simone fiasco…has that movie been release yet?)…but yeah she can go elsewhere lol…

  • Epsilonicus

    Zoe was looking good last night. Idk where that shape came from praise be to the goddess of curves that somehow she got it.

  • I thought black people weren’t here for Zoe

    • Liz

      they are here for her until the Nina Simone movie hits. then all bets are off.

      • Oh yeah that’s still happening

      • menajeanmaehightower

        I was never here for her and with the Nina movie, I definitely wasn’t.

    • miss t-lee

      I’m still not.

    • She’s only made three movies that I like but I have no beef with her.

      • KB

        She’s kinda like the new Rae Dawn Chong, especially when it comes to her being cast as the love interest of mostly white male counterparts in moves. Only two movies I remember her playing the love interest of a black male are Drumline and The Heart Specialist, though I may be missing some.

        • Damon Young

          this is true. her and rashida jones seem to be having a contest to see who can have the most consecutive roles with a non-Black love interest

          • kid video

            If “Commando” gets remade in the next few years, Zoe would be cast as the love interest.

        • Val

          I think that’s all attractive actresses of color these days.

    • Damon Young

      I missed that meeting. I’ve owned property on Zoe Island since The Terminal.

      • tgtaggie

        I’ve been a Zoe fan since “Guess Who”with Bernie Mac

    • Cleojonz

      I’m not. I actually liked her until…they basically put her in black face to play Nina. Nope not here for that.

  • OSHH

    Zoe looks good with the baby weight as some women do.

  • miss t-lee

    I ain’t even seen Zoe because Dwayne was in the picture.

    • HeyBooHey

      Yes. All of the YES to this….

      • miss t-lee


    • Cleojonz

      When they came on stage I was surely NOT peeping Zoe. men take note. That’s how you get a tux tailored.

      • Good point Cleojonz. I might have to holla at his tailor to get it right. And shout out to the Oscar dudes for wearing colors other than black last night. I might have to get the garnet red and royal blue suit movement as well.

        • Cleojonz

          Yes! I LOVED seeing color on men. Common’s Navy blue velvet jack was fire! David Oyelowo’s ensemble veered very close to over the top but with that skin tone and the fit, was bananas.

          • MeridianBurst

            I adore well coordinated formal wear on a man vs. the normal black and white get ups, buuuuut I was kinda on the fence about the looks last night. I liked that they tried but I wasn’t really feeling some of the looks. It was mostly about the fit for me and most of them killed it.

      • miss t-lee

        Yes dayum ma’am!
        Cut like a glove!

  • I’d watch that movie.

  • Pinks

    Shoutout to Zoe’s post-baby body ON FLEEK. And Ms. Nyongo is forever leaving me without edges. Like she literally snatches me bald with her fabulous every damn time I see her.

  • kid video

    I’m surprised Zoe wasn’t picked to be in the new Star Wars series(along with Lupita)…a wasted opportunity.

    • uNk

      Seriously though, she has been all over the sci fi action scene, that was actually a big surprise. Although understandable because they wanted to cast a whole bunch of new upcoming actors and actresses for the film

  • Mimzi

    This is all valid, but you need to put my Auntie Viola in the film because she slayed evvvverything last night

    • Epsilonicus

      Viola was definitely fly!

    • miss t-lee

      She looked great, I just wasn’t a fan of her dress. :(

    • MeridianBurst

      Even though I didn’t like her dress, she wore it beautifully.

      • Mimzi

        When I saw it in red carpet pictures, it wasn’t great, but when she got on stage to present an award it really worked for her. between the color against her skin, her hair and her makeup, I think they executed the look flawlessly

        • MeridianBurst

          The lip color on her skin was great too. But yeah, they dressed her well.

  • I’m ready to accept Lupita as my Sith overlord. I want to see her act more!!!

    • they have to cast her as the Black Panter’s sister.


      • Epsilonicus

        I thought she was going to be the new Storm

        • AlwaysCC

          that would be awesome. i never really believed halle in that role.

          • Cleojonz

            I always said it should have been Iman, but they waited too long.

        • Nah, they picked they girl from that Aaliyah movie.

      • menajeanmaehightower

        She should be cast as Storm in the next adult XMEN movie.

      • Yes to all of this!

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