Lupita Nyong’o opens up about her reaction to seeing the first trailer for Marvel’s highly anticipated Black Panther. Her comments come just days after the first Black Panther teaser trailer was released online by Marvel Studios, to widespread critical acclaim from both industry insiders and casual fans alike. Boasting a more diverse cast than any other comic book movie in history has, the Black Panther teaser became one of the most-watched movie trailers in history, firmly putting it near the top of the list of most anticipated movies set to be released in 2018.
For many fans, the Black Panther trailer came as a confirmation of their trust in the film’s staggering level of creative talent, from director Ryan Coogler at the helm, all the way to the film’s many exciting cast members, including Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke, and more. But it looks like it wasn’t just fans who were left with giant smiles on their faces after watching the trailer.
During a recent interview with Access Hollywood, star Lupita Nyong’o was asked about her reaction to watching the Black Panther trailer for the first time, and how she feels knowing that so many diverse comic book fans around the world are finally going to feel represented in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“I am geeking out. I mean I was screaming louder than anyone else by myself in my apartment when it came out. I mean, it’s really exciting, and I was a part of it of course. There’s still being a lot of work done on it and we have to deliver something as good as that trailer, but that trailer was very encouraging. It’s exciting. It’s so empowering. I couldn’t help but twerk as I watched it. To see myself reflected back to me does something so powerful. You rise up a little, and I think we could all use that kind of representation.”
Black Panther is the second notable franchise that Nyong’o is now a part of, following her portrayal of Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She’s one of several actresses set to portray the Dora Milaje in the film, who are the skilled fighters that make up the bodyguards to Boseman’s T’Challa/King of Wakanda.
While she was only spotted briefly in the Black Panther trailer, Nyong’o looks like she’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the film as Nakia, one of T’Challa’s most trusted protectors. And coming off of the success of Creed in 2015, Coogler looks like he’s going to be turning out yet another high-quality blockbuster film for audiences to enjoy, one that not only brings the world of Black Panther to life on the big screen in an appropriately large fashion but also cements his place as one of the most powerful and skilled heroes in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe once and for all. So basically, “geeking out” feels like the perfect way to describe the excitement surrounding Black Panther right now.
Source: Access Hollywood