Brad Pitt has been so blown away by his 12 Year's a Slave co-star, Lupita Nyong'o, that he is planning to make her talents well known in Hollywood.
The World War Z actor has formed a closed friendship with the Oscar-nominated actress ever since starring together in the Steve McQueen-produced film and has made it his goal to mentor the 30-year-old.
Brad is a massive fan of Lupita (FayesVision/WENN)
"He thinks she’s mesmerising on screen and wants to mentor her," a source told Grazia magazine.
The Kenyan actress has received critical acclaim for her harrowing portrayal as a slave in McQueen's latest movie, winning Best Supporting Actress at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards and Screen Actors Guild Award.
Now it's reported that Brad is keen to take Lupita under his wing and work with her on projects through his own company, Plan B Entertainment, which also co-produced 12 Years a Slave.
Lupita at the Producer Guild of America Award (FayesVision/WENN)
The insider added: "In Angelina Jolie's absence they went as each other's dates to both ceremonies and were locked in conversation all night. They also had brunch at his LA home on the day of the SAG Awards after Brad flew in from Australia."
Even the actor's fiance, Angelina Jolie, is a massive fan of Lupita and can't wait to meet the actress.
"Angelina's desperate to meet Lupita. She thinks she's incredible. They've invited her to stay to discuss what they can work on with Brad's Plan B Entertainment company."
Lupita is said to be overwhelmed by Brad's support and is just as keen to work with the Hollywood star.
"She was overwhelmed. He wants to start championing new talents and Lupita is top of his list and she's all for it - after all, this is Brad Pitt! We'll definitely be seeing them around together a lot more from now," the source added.