The actress comments on rumors she wasn’t in 'Episode VIII'

By Jessica Derschowitz
Updated September 21, 2016 at 12:50 PM EDT
Credit: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

Lupita Nyong’o says you can expect to see her again in the galaxy far, far away.

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Oscar-winning actress refuted a rumor that she wouldn’t reprise her role as Maz Kanata in Episode VIII.

“I don’t know where this rumor came from!” Nyong’o told DeGeneres. “I have no idea. It hurt my feelings.”

Nyong’o, who is currently promoting her new movie Queen of Katwe, added that her work on the film has already wrapped. “I shot my scenes, it’s coming out – you never really know, when you shoot your scenes in a movie, which ones are gonna make it and all that. So, it’s always, ‘Fingers crossed!’” she said. “But as far as I know, I’m in it.”

Star Wars: Episode VIII arrives in theaters in December 2017. Adam Driver, who is also returning as Kylo Ren, recently teased that this new film would have a different tone than last year’s The Force Awakens.

“It’s similar to howThe Empire Strikes Back has a different tone,” Driver said. “For that people always go, ‘Oooh, it’s dark,’ but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear.”

Watch Nyong’o discuss Star Wars at the 2:06 mark in the video below.


Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Rian Johnson