Lupita Nyong'o relishes the Star Wars 'party'

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o

Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong'o has likened starring in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' to being "at the best party".

Lupita Nyong'o thinks starring in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is like being "at the best party".

The 32-year-old actress - who plays the space pirate Maz Kanata in the eagerly-awaited sci-fi movie - has revealed her excitement about appearing in the franchise, describing herself as a 'Star Wars' "dork".

She said: "The film hasn't been released yet so I've only had a light orientation.

"But I was at [Disney's D23 Expo] recently where I was onstage with Harrison Ford and the excitement was just so high.

"And for me, it was just so cool. I can be geekish. I can be a dork. It feels like I've been at the best party."

Lupita - who enjoyed a starring role in the 2013 hit '12 Years a Slave' - said she relished the chance to play such an unusual role.

She told Elle magazine: "The opportunity to play a CGI character for me was the opportunity to not be limited by my physical circumstances.

"I could experience being bigger or smaller, something totally different to who I am. And of course it's in a galaxy far, far away."

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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