There were two characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that were heavily marketed, but that didn’t get much to do. According to director/writer Rian Johnson
Entertainment Weekly we’re going to see more of Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) but less of Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o).
As for Phasma, Johnson was excited to have her actually do something in this movie compared to last movie where she didn’t do much.
“Gwendoline Christie is one of my favorite people, and you get to see her in action which I think is going to be really fun,” Johnson says. “That character is just so damn cool looking. Like, okay, let’s see what we can do with her. Let’s put her in action and see what happens.”
Johnson and John Boyega assure us that we’re going to get to see Finn go toe to toe with his former superior, which is going to be fun to watch.
Unfortunately, we’re not going to get more Maz in this movie. This was expected considering we hardly saw or heard of Nyong’o on set. Johnson assures us that despite the fact that she has a smaller role, it’s an important role.
“She has a smaller part in this than she has in The Force Awakens, but it’s a really fun part, and Lupita is so awesome,” Johnson says. “I’m just happy I got to work with her.”
Maz is there to teach the heroes about history and the Force but the character helped Johnson learn something as well.
“This was my first time working with mo-cap characters and working with actors in that way,” he says. “I feel like I got such an incredible education watching Lupita work.”
It’s a shame we won’t see more of Maz since she came off as the best kind of mysterious.
Summary: Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, and Adam Driver. It will be released on December 15th.
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