Lupita Nyong'o's Star Wars nerves

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o has admitted she is "scared" about appearing in 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens' but is "honoured" to have the role of Maz Kanata.

Lupita Nyong'o is "scared" about appearing in 'Star Wars'.

The 32-year-old beauty is set to star as orange pirate Maz Kanata in the latest instalment of the film, 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens', and admits she feels really "honoured" to have the part despite her nerves.

She said: "I feel really honoured to be a part of this. To play any small role in it is an honour and a blessing, and it's something I just never dreamed of being a part of. It never crossed my mind.

"So the fact that I'm a part of it and I get to witness it from this other side is really, really, really cool. I'm a little scared, obviously.

"I've been quite isolated from it because I've been working on a play for the last 10 weeks, so I'm only now starting to talk about 'Star Wars' and meeting the people who are in love with 'Star Wars', so this is my orientation to what exactly all this means."

In the movie, Lupita's character is brought to life through CGI motion-capture but she says it is a welcome change from her portrayal of Patsey in '12 Years A Slave'.

She told Refinery 29: "Motion-capture is something that I've had my eye on ever since seeing Andy Serkis in 'Lord of the Rings', and then going on to see Zoe Saldana do it, and Benedict Cumberbatch, and folks like that.

"It looked like an opportunity to really play as an actor, because you're not limited by your physical circumstances. And after playing Patsey in '12 Years a Slave', which was so much about the body, here was an opportunity where I was completely relieved of that. And I liked it."

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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