Lupita Nyong'o proud to be 'space cadet' in Star Wars

Lupita Nyong'o is very excited for people to see 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and is thrilled she gets to play space pirate Maz Kanata in the sequel

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Lupita happy in Star Wars role

Lupita Nyong'o is overjoyed to be a part of Star Wars

Lupita Nyong'o is thrilled she gets to be a "space cadet" in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

The 32-year-old actress portrays Maz Kanata - a pirate and galactic traveller - in the highly anticipated sci-fi sequel and admits she always dreamed of space when she was a kid.

Speaking to the Metro newspaper, she said: "I am super excited to be moving to another planet for a while. As a child, I was always interested in make-believe. I was known to hide in closets and play with dolls while other kids were outside riding bikes."

She added: "My mother used to call me a space cadet. Now I ostensibly get to be one."

The '12 Years a Slave' star cannot reveal any details about the movie's plot or whether she will be a follower of the Dark Side or a force for good in the film.

Lupita did admit though that even though she is now an Oscar winner her feet have remained firmly planted on the ground.

She said: "Fame didn't mean anything to me until I got the Oscar nomination. That's when it became real. Now I feel I'm in a place of privilege. It's an important place, considering how the media consciously and subconsciously affects how we feel about ourselves."

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' features cast members from the original series such as Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker alongside newcomers Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Domhnall Gleeson.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' - directed by J. J. Abrams - will be released this December.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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