Actress Lupita Nyong'o backs out of Italian premiere for '12 Years a Slave'

By Kyle Johnson,

Golden Globe-nominated actress Lupita Nyong'o has backed out of the Italian premiere of the movie 12 Years a Slave.

Nyong'o was originally scheduled to attend the premiere at the 18th annual Capri Hollywood festival, which opened on Friday, but has since backed out, reports Variety.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though the news of her cancellation has come out after the Italian poster controversy, a spokesperson for Lionsgate insists that her decision was made several weeks ago. They said she had previous commitments that interfered with Nyong'o's ability to attend the premiere.

As reported earlier, the posters ahead of the premiere sparked controversy and calls of racism after they featured Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt prominently, while the film's actual star Chiwetel Ejiofor was reduced to a small corner of the poster.

The Italian distributor, BIM Distribuzione, has since come forward to apologize for the posters and has taken them down at Lionsgate's Summit's request.

Though Nyong'o has backed out, no other stars who are set to attend the Capri festival have canceled. Others still attending to promote their films include Captain Philips' Barkhad Abdi, Idris Elba for Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom and many more.

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