Spotlighting the Black Actresses of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Written by Tiara Jante

December 16, 2015

Well, the time is almost here. December 18th is only a few days away and each hour brings movie goers closer to the event they’ve anxiously been waiting for: the debut of  Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters worldwide.

One exciting aspect of the Sci-Fi genre that has been observed is the casting of more actors and actresses of color in Sci-Fi and Fantasy films. Though there has been some controversy about the lack of people of color within Star Wars and other Sci-Fi films in general, there are moves being made within the industry to change that. With this in mind, decided to shine a light on the actresses of color who are a part of the upcoming Star Wars film.

Lupita Nyong’o

lupita_nyong’oLupita Nyong’o is one of the budding stars in the upcoming film that many are excited to see.  Known for her Oscar award winning role in the film 12 Years a Slave, in The Force AwakensNyong’o will be playing a “unique” character, Maz Kanata, a tiny but powerful alien very reminiscent of the famous Jedi Master, Yoga.

According to reports, Maz Kanata, is a 1000-year-old pirate who some fans have theorized may replace Yoda’s

lupita_nyong’o_2character within the series.  If true, despite being small in stature, Maz Kanata may turn out to be a very “big” deal in the grand scheme of things. This video gives fans a short snapshot of the miniscule alien, whose eyes are reported to possess a “special power”.






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