No spoilers! New 'Star Wars' plot cloaked in unprecedented secrecy

Mon Dec 7, 2015 6:45pm EST
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By Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When actress Lupita Nyong'o showed up on the set of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," many of her co-stars did not know what role she was playing.

Newcomer Daisy Ridley was sworn to secrecy for three months that she had even been cast in the film. And with a week to go before the world premiere on Dec. 14, some of the actors have not yet seen "The Force Awakens."

"I was in scenes in which some of the characters I was working with did not know who I was," Nyong'o, who it is now known plays pirate Maz Kanata, told Reuters. "That's how secretive it was."

Aside from broad character outlines, details are being kept tightly under wraps, prompting endless online speculation by fans eager to see the saga's first film installment in a decade.

Walt Disney Co, which took over "Star Wars" with its 2012 purchase of Lucasfilm, scrapped the typical Hollywood practice of screening the movie for reporters before they speak with the cast. The stars revealed little in interviews, declining to answer even basic questions.

Does Rey, the central character played by Ridley, ever pick up a lightsaber? "We'll have to wait and see," Ridley said. Adam Driver claimed he could not remember if his character, the Darth Vader-like Kylo Ren, had his own theme song. (Director J.J. Abrams later confirmed he did.)

Stars Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie said they have not seen the film yet.

Nyong'o clammed up when asked why her character appeared smaller than diminutive droid R2-D2 in film posters. "I can't say anything about my size," she said with a laugh, but perhaps added a clue: "You know, posters are not really up to scale."   Continued...

Cast member Daisy Ridley poses for a portrait while promoting the upcoming movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in Los Angeles, California December 6, 2015.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni