Lupita Nyong'o surprised Marvel agreed to Black Panther

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Black Panther star Lupita Nyong'o has opened up about how surprised she was that Marvel ever agreed to making the movie in the first place.

Not that she's complaining, of course.

Speaking to Digital Spy on the red carpet for the film's European premiere tonight (February 8), Lupita revealed that she wasn't expecting director Ryan Coogler's pitch to be realised completely in the film due to the strong political and social themes.

"Well, I was surprised by the pitch that Ryan Coogler gave me of the story," she told us. "It was a while before we were able to actually see a script so I knew of the story before I had the experience of the script.

"I remember and I asked him, I said, 'Ryan have they said yes to this film because this seems very politically and socially savvy – is that a green light?'

"And he was like, 'Yo, they said yes.'"

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The actress continued to add that she was hopeful Coogler's pitch could be achieved, adding: "So I was like well, 'I'll cross my fingers and hope that it makes it to the actual script,' you know?

"And then I read the script and indeed it had made it in and it was just politically and socially acute and awake and vibrant as the pitch he gave me – and that is kudos to Ryan and kudos to Marvel."

As for whether or not the rest of Hollywood could follow suit, Lupita shared that Black Panther was "an exceptional situation".

"Marvel has a way of setting trends that I hope will continue, so you know... that's the dream!" she added.

Black Panther is released on February 9, 2018 in the UK and February 16, 2018 in the US.

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