J.J. Abrams Shuts Down Rumours He Cut Lupita Nyong’o’s ‘Star Wars’ Role | Film News

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J.J. Abrams Shuts Down Rumours He Cut Lupita Nyong’o’s ‘Star Wars’ Role | Film News

Actress Lupita Nyong'o wears a Calvin Klein gown and Chopard diamonds as she arrives at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California in this February 22, 2015 file photo. The $150,000 pearl-studded, custom-made Calvin Klein dress worn by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Academy Awards has been stolen, police said on February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT CRIME LAW)


You may or may not know that there have been some rumours circulating lately, regarding Lupita Nyong’o‘s Star Wars performance. The Sun reported earlier this week that Nyong’o’s role had been “massively cut in the finished edit” – which was rather shocking to hear considering what a natural talent the Oscar-winner is.


Director J.J. Abrams has now spoken out and he’s got Lupita’s back. In an interview with Page six he dismissed the rumours, calling them out for what they are; ridiculous. “The number of rumours 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”.


He went on to shower Nyong’o with praise, “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”.


So there we have it, the rumours are as false as can be and Nyong’o is still kicking ass and proving what an amazing actress she is.



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