Remember when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was first released and there some foolishness going around the internet that Lupita “struggled” with her role and JJ Abrams was forced to cut several of her scenes from the movie? JJ himself slammed the rumors.
“In truth, her performance wasn’t satisfactory. It was spectacular. She has brought the character of Maz Kanata to life in the most wonderful, wise, touching, deep and funny way. Lupita never ceased to amaze me. Yes, we tried many approaches, and we finally landed on just what the film needed. She elevated all the scenes she is in, I’m forever grateful, and can’t wait for people to see her stunning performance.”
A video has surfaced showing Lupita acting in a motion capture similar to the ones Andy Serkis and Benedict Cumberbatch used to film the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit respectively. If anyone out there still think that Lupita struggled, this video should put the rumors to rest once and for all. Enjoy.
Lupita Nyong’o is currently in talks to star in Intelligent Life. and SciFi thriller for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. Rumor has it, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that Ava DuVernay will be offered the director’s chair.
The movie is about a UN worker in the department that would represent mankind in the event of alien contact. The worker falls in love with a mysterious woman – the part Lupita is currently interested in – who turns out to be an alien.
Also, Ava is apparently on the short list of directors being considered for Disney’s adaption of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Again I don’t know the timing yet for these projects, so she may have conflicts to work out before she can sign on the dotted line. I think a lot will depend on which projects fit best with Ava’s own creative vision; remember she did turn down the Black Panther directing gig that eventually went to Creed‘s Ryan Coogler because of creative differences. Whatever her choices are, I’m sure she will slay it.
Behold the first picture from Disney’s new movie The Queen of Katwe. Yop, that’s Lupita Nyong’o along with newbie Madina Nalwanga.
The Queen of Katwe is the biography of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutsei who grew up in the slums of Kampala to become an internationally ranked chess champion. Lupita will play her mother Harriet, while David Oyelowo plays a missionary who teaches the local kids how to play chess. The film was shot on location in Uganda and is expected to hit theaters this fall.
You would think with Lupita N’yongo many accomplishments- Oscar Winner, Fashion Icon, Star Wars Geek – people would be rushing to claim her as their own using any connection possible. Sadly, this is not that case for many in the Latino community.
Lupita, along with Star Wars costar Oscar Isaac recently sat down with Donald Trump’s least favorite reporter Jorge Ramos of Univision to chat about how two actors of Latino origin got their roles in the biggest film of the century to date. The interview was completely conducted in Spanish since everyone in the room was fluent. If you ask Lupita about her nationality she claims to be Mexican-Kenyan, which given the fact that she was born in Mexico City of Kenyan parents is accurate. When she was a few months old, her parents returned to Kenya, but then she returned to Mexico when she was 16, so she grew up in both places and she speaks the language of both countries fluently.
“Lupita N’yongo no es Latina!” (Lupita N’YONGO IS NOT Latina) If you can’t put the apostrophe in the right you probably shouldn’t comment.
“Lupita Nyong’o no es de origen Latino” (Lupita Nyong’o is not of Latin origin) Born in Mexico, makes her a Mexican citizen.
De origen Latino? claro que no!!! (Of Latin origin? Of course not!!!) Using exclamation points doesn’t make it true.
Anyway, you get the idea. There were plenty of people defending Lupita’s claim to Mexican origins, I’m just shocked it needed to happen. If I could claim a connection to Lupita I would be on it like a cheap suit.
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.
Ever since Lupita Nyong’o was cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I’ve been dying to know what her character was going to look like. Due to the general lack of women of color in the Star Wars universe, I’ll admit to being disappointed when I found out that she was going to be a completely computer generated character. But my love for everything Star Wars and my excitement at Lupita’s involvement and her own excitement with the project have helped me to reconcile those feelings a bit.
And thanks to eagle-eyed YouTuber Emergency Awesome, we may have finally gotten a peek at her character, Maz Kanata, in a new teaser trailer.
I think she’s kind of cute in her own googly-eyed way. Either way, I’m sure Lupita is going to kill this role just like she has all of her other ones. I’m already super-hyped for December 18th, and this has only made me more excited (if that’s even possible).
Immediately after the event, Nyong’o posted a video on Instagram to share her appreciation. “My heart is swollen with the love and welcome I just received from the Harlem Community,” she wrote.
“It was incredible, she was moved to tears,” Davis told The Huffington Post. “Harlem essentially said: ‘Welcome home, Lupita, here you are so loved, here you are so supported.’ It said to her, ‘this is home, too.'”
Rivers told HuffPost he chose to honor Nyong’o in Harlem because the area is known for its fusion of a diverse array of cultures from Africa and America. He said her connection and success on both continents — and her influence on black communities everywhere — made her the perfect candidate. “It was something very inviting about her that I said that if I was going to make a recommendation on someone it would be her,” he said. [Huffington Post]
If anyone deserves such an honor, it’s Lupita. She’s beautiful, gracious, socially-conscious, and understands and celebrates how important she is to black women everywhere.
Recently I have noticed a very pleasing tread while perusing entertainment pages for this blog, it seems that now is a very good time for a POC to be in theater.
Exhibit A: Hamilton, the hip-hop version of the founding of our country. It’s the hottest ticket on Broadway. The critics are drooling over it in way that is almost embarrassing and the creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has a MacArthur Genius award gracing his mantle and his bank account.
Exhibit B: The Color Purple starring Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Ervio will open soon on Broadway. This is bound to be yet another flaming hot ticket. I’m including Jennifer and Cynthia singing the title song here because I love you all and I want you to have nice things.