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Lupita Nyong'o (born March 1, 1983)[1] is a KenyanMexican actress, who portrayed Maz Kanata in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens and in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi through motion capture. Her involvement was first announced on June 2, 2014.[5]

In Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, Nyong'o vocally reprised the role of Maz Kanata, while the character's physical appearance was realized through an animatronic puppet rather than motion capture.[6]

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