Lupita Nyong’o on ‘Woman King’ Departure: ‘It Wasn’t the Role for Me to Play’

Lupita Nyong’o is addressing why she walked away from Gina Prince-Bythewood’s “The Woman King” back in 2020.Nyong’o, who leads the upcoming Marvel tentpole “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” told The Hollywood Reporter that she was set to play an Agojie warrior in the historical epic starring Viola Davis, who also produces.

The Agojie tribe inspired the fictional Dora Milaje female army in “Black Panther.”After being cast in “The Woman King,” Nyong’o made a short documentary on the Agojie tribe called “Warrior Women With Lupita Nyong’o.” Per THR, the Academy Award winner “grapples uncomfortably with the tribe’s legacy of violence” in the short.

Ultimately, Nyong’o exited “The Woman King” following the documentary.“It was very amicable, the departure from it,” Nyong’o said, declining to discuss specifics.

“But I felt it wasn’t the role for me to play.”Upon release, “The Woman King” faced internet backlash,

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