With Entertainment Weekly’s Star Wars issue out tomorrow, the EW website offered another look at the film as they talked with director J.J. Abrams and actress Lupita Nyong’o about her character, Maz Kanata. Though unseen except for a tiny spot on the poster, she is the voice in the US trailer saying the lines, “I have lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people. I see your eyes. I know your eyes.”
Those eyes, it seems, are important to Abrams.
“I had this pitch about these goggles that she wore,” he said. “Her eyes are an important aspect of her character.” He also offered a few details about the pirate who has “lived over a thousand years.” She runs a watering hole the director said will remind fans of another desert planet bar elsewhere in the Star Wars galaxy, but much of her backstory will be explored in “other venues” outside of the film.
The character is one of handful of Force Awakens characters to be realized with motion capture and CGI. While the effects team worked hard to make the character blend in with the practical effects, Nyong’o received a crash course in motion capture acting with the master of the form, Andy Serkis. “The biggest advice he gave me, that was so important to hold on to, is a motion-capture character you develop the same way as any other,” she said. “You have to understand who the character is and what makes them who they are.”
Meanwhile, The Disney Channel released an ad for their own sneak peak at the film to air on Friday night.
Of course, with ABC’s sneak peak tonight and more info from EW to come, this is not the last we’ll hear from Star Wars in the next couple of days.