Recently a certain tabloid posted some rumors suggesting that Lupita Nyong’o role as Maz Kanata in The Force Awakens had been cut because her performance was not very good. We intentionally didn’t report these rumors considering the source, and now J.J. Abrams himself reveals that there is no truth to this. Quite the contrary…
“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.”
“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.”
Thanks to @SWMegafan for the heads up.