Why is Lupita Nyong’o heard and not seen?

This is a question for which I have no answer. All I do know is that since winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o has only gifted the silver screen with her voice. She played an alien named Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and a wolf named Raksha in the live adaptation of The Jungle Book. For the past few months she’s starred in the Broadway play Eclipsed about a group of women in Liberia however, movie-goers are missing Lupita. Is this by choice? Maybe Ms. Nyong’o finds theater to be less of a creatively stifling environment. I ponder all of this because it’s hard for me to imagine an actress like Lupita Nyong’o not being able to get any role she wants, but we all know Hollywood can be a strange place.

Star Wars - The Force Awakens

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