JJ Abrams cuts Lupita Nyong’o’ scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
According to reports, director of Star Wars: Force Awakens was not impressed with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o’s acting performance and cut her scenes from the movie after reports of her “struggling with role”.
Lupita Nyong’o has had several of her scenes cut out of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The actress, who won an Academy Award for her acting in 12 Years a Slave, stars in the upcoming Star Wars movie as Maz Kanata.
But director JJ Abrams was not impressed with her acting performance and has been forced to cut several of her scenes out of the final version of the movie.
According to The Sun, he was left unconvinced by what he saw and ordered for Lupita Nyong’o’s dialogue to be re-recorded.
A source told The Sun: “The CGI seemed to be what Lupita struggled with, perhaps because it meant she felt less of a connection to the character. There was a general sense that something wasn’t working so a lot of her scenes ended up being either re-worked or cut. Unfortunately she just didn’t end up delivering.
“It does happen in Hollywood, but not usually with Academy Award winners. Her part in the final film will now be a lot smaller than was initially expected.
“It’s ultimately quite embarrassing for Lupita but she’s still thrilled to even be in such an iconic movie.”
Lupita signed up for the highly anticipated sequel last year, along with several other major actors including Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. At the time the actress said she was “loud and proud” to have a part in the movie.
Then, last week another action-packed teaser was released featuring several new faces except Lupita Nyong’o.
This is not the first time this has happened. In the most recent X-Men movie, Halle Berry’s scenes were all removed except for a minor 10 sec clip featuring her character.