J.J. Abrams & Lupita Nyong’o Talk Maz Kanata With Entertainment Weekly
12 Nov. 2015

J.J. Abrams & Lupita Nyong’o Talk Maz Kanata With Entertainment Weekly


Well we finally got official conformation that the small alien character on “The Force Awakens” poster is indeed Maz Kanata, and that she was also the voice we heard in the latest trailers as well. But even though we still haven’t seen a shot of her from the film, Entertainment Weekly has provided a little more info on the character of Maz Kanata in the latest article they posted today, where both J.J. Abrams and Lupita Nyong’o give us a little more background on the alien pirate!

Here’s a portion of the article with J.J. Abrams and Lupita Nyong’o from EW.com:

“I had some specific ideas about how she would work and what she would do. I  had this pitch about these goggles that she wore. Her eyes are an important aspect of her character, and you’ll see how it plays out.”

“As an actor for films, your eyes are a lot of the way you communicate anyway,” says Nyong’o. “So it was definitely agift to have that be the means to her magic as a motion-capture character.”

“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.”

What kind of species is she? What is her homeworld? “All that backstory will be forthcoming,” Abrams says. “In the movie, you don’t learn these things, but I know that these are things that are coming out in other venues.” So keep your own eyes out for more of Maz’s past to be fleshed out in books orgames.

“I wanted to do the creature as a puppet originally, but once we figured out the things that she was required to do, it felt like [performance capture] was the way to go.”

Be sure to check out the full interview over at EW.com where Lupita Nyong’o talks about getting some motion capture advice from Andy Serkis!

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