Going into last yearâ€™s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one of the big question marks revolved around Lupita Nyongâ€™oâ€™s character Maz Kanata. Yes, we knew that Nyongâ€™o had done some serious performance capture for the character, and that she would be a CG one; we also knew that she would be holed up in her cantina-esque bar. But we didnâ€™t know what sheâ€™d look like nor did we know what importance sheâ€™d have in the overall film.
When the movie hit theaters, Maz Kanata was a bit of a surprise. She was expressive, lively, likable, and seemed somewhat central to the overall story they were trying to tell. As was revealed in the film, she was â€œno Jedi,â€ but she had a solid understanding of the force. It seemed inevitable that sheâ€™d return to the franchise and play something of a mentor character.
This was confirmed sometime ago when we saw what looked like some performance capture work in Rian Johnsonâ€™s upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII. Surprisingly, however, in an interview with Collider, the actress revealed that she has yet to shoot her scenes. When asked what it was like to work with Johnson, she said:
â€œRian! I havenâ€™t worked with him yet; Iâ€™ve yet to shoot. Thatâ€™s in my future.â€
Given that she has a fully-CG character, itâ€™s no surprise that theyâ€™ll be able to add her character into the necessary scenes later, though it is a surprise that they havenâ€™t done anything for her character yet. This is like a revelation of sorts that her role in the film will be a relatively small one â€” one that could be filmed in the inevitable re-shoots that weâ€™re bound to hear about somewhere down the line (along with hyperbolic reports that Lucasfilm is frantically trying to re-shoot 80 percent of the film).
In addition to the Star Wars news, Nyongâ€™o also told Collider how much she was looking to her role as Nakia in the upcoming Black Panther movie:
â€œI am so excited. I canâ€™t wait to kick ass and learn all sorts of cool things that my body can do. Iâ€™m so looking forward to it, to work with Ryan Coogler whoâ€™s such an incredible human being. Itâ€™s gonna be fun, and the cast. The cast!â€
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