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Why Lupita Nyong’o, Not Superheroes, Represents the Future of Disney

Why Lupita Nyong o Not Superheroes Represents the Future of Disney Vanity Fair


At the tail end of Disney’s massive, live-action presentation on Saturday, Star Wars director J.J. Abrams brought out Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o by referring to her as “apparently someone who is legally required to be in every Disney movie.” The joke landed solidly with the audience at Disney’s D23 Expo because over the course of the two-hour presentation, Nyong’o appeared on stage three times to promote first The Jungle Book, then The Queen of Katwe, and, finally, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lupita Nyong’o, it seems, is the new face of Disney, and she’s emblematic of the incredibly appealing direction the old-fashioned House of Mouse is taking.

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That's great news -- Lupita is super hot.

Lupita things that surprise me:

1. She was born in 1983, so she's 32. Really?!

2. She was born in Mexico and her dad was a senator. Really?!

3. Before Star Wars she was in no Disney show or movie.

Source of all 3 facts:

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