Lupita Nyong’o ‘Star Wars’ Rumors are Untrue

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
 (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

It was reported last week that a lot of Lupita Nyongo’s scenes had been cut in the upcoming Star Wars:  The Force Awakens movie because her performance wasn’t up to snuff.  Needless to say, I wasn’t pleased.  I was already disappointed when I learned that she’d been cast as a completely computer-generated character, but this news was like having salt rubbed into the wound.

As a huge Star Wars fan, I was still excited about the movie, but that excitement had definitely been taken down a notch.  Fortunately, it looks like I have may have gotten upset over nothing.

But Abrams told Page Six in a statement: “The number of rumors floating around about ‘The Force Awakens’ is truly stunning. Some are wonderfully funny, others simply preposterous. But the only one more ridiculous than Jar Jar Binks being a Sith Lord is that I cut Lupita Nyong’o’s performance because it wasn’t satisfactory.” [Page Six]

Whew!  The last thing I wanted to do was go and see this movie with anything but the most positive feelings.  Now I can settle into my theater seat this Saturday with a large popcorn, a large drink and a large smile to match.

This still makes me angry however.  Actresses of color already have it hard enough in Hollywood, and since they typically don’t get the benefit of the doubt or third and fourth chances to get it right, rumors like this can have a detrimental effect on someone’s career.

I’m glad that J.J. Abrams came out and smacked these rumors down so that people wouldn’t continue with the mistaken impression that her talent was somehow lacking.  It’s bad enough we’re not getting a live-action Lupita character; this would have been too much.

One thought on “Lupita Nyong’o ‘Star Wars’ Rumors are Untrue

  1. With all the publicity work Lupita has been doing for the film and the fact they use her voice in several of the trailers, I had a feeling there was nothing to this rumor. Just another day in keeping the Black Woman down.

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