We have heard several of her lines in the trailers and TV spots ("Who are you?") and we've seen a glimpse of Lupita Nyong'0's character on the main poster, but what do we know about Maz Kanata? Very little, until now...
“I have lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people. I see your eyes. I know your eyes.”
- Maz Kanata
Today EW pull back the curtain a little more for us to glimpse some of the elements in The Force Awakens. This go around its Lupita Nyong'o's Maz Kanata. We learn, as expected, precious little. We now know that Maz is a 1000 year old pirate with a special power relating to her eyes.
"As an actor for films, your eyes are a lot of the way you communicate anyway, so it was definitely a gift to have that be the means to her magic as a motion-capture character."
- Lupita Nyong'o
It's Maz Kanata we hear in the trailers and TV spots talking to someone (probably Rey) about their heritage.
J.J. Abrams addresses Maz in the EW article but indicates the full reveal may take place in the expanded universe of books and video games.
"Her history is that she was a pirate for a long time. She’s lived over a thousand years. She’s had this watering hole for about a century, and it’s like another bar that you’d find in a corner of the Star Wars universe."
- J.J. Abrams
Miss Nyong'o mentions that Andy Serkis, who plays Supreme Leader Snoke (more on him today!) advised her to build the CGI character the way she would a traditional character; from th inside. J.J. Abrams mentions that they considered doing Maz as a puppet but fealt that as she was a crucial, mobile character CGI would provide the best results. Read the full piece at the source link below.
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