INDIE REVOLVER EXCLUSIVE: First Look at Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

by: Jay Carlson

By now we’ve all gotten a look at the images of Lupita Nyong’o in her motion capture suit, thanks to Annie Leibovitz’s coverage for Vanity Fair magazine.

Until the Vanity Fair article’s release, every discussion of Nyong’o’s character to this point has referred to her as “Rose,” her leak-preventing code name for use on set and around the Episode VII production offices. We now know that “Rose” is actually a pirate by the name of Maz Kanata. Vanity Fair revealed the following image, shot by Leibovitz, captioned “Galactic travelers, smugglers, and other assorted riffraff fill the main hall of pirate Maz Kanata’s castle.”

While this is the first time we’ve heard the character’s true name, Lucasfilm released an official peek at the character in the second teaser trailer for The Force Awakens. Eagle-eyed viewers may have spotted the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot of the character handing Luke’s father’s lightsaber to Leia. See the profile of the face at the top right of the frame? That’s Maz Kanata.

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