J.J. Abrams Reveals Lupita Nyong’o’s ‘Star Wars’ Character’s Backstory – Huffington Post

According to Abrams, we find Kanata in a castle, where she lives with a group of “misfits and miscreants.”

“Her history is that she was a pirate for a long time,” the director continued. “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.”

Nyong’o was excited by the opportunity to bring a character to life using CGI. “As an actor for films, your eyes are a lot of the way you communicate anyway,” said Nyong’o. “So it was definitely a gift to have that be the means to her magic as a motion-capture character.”

Although Nyong’o’s character plays a smaller role in the film, Abrams promises that Maz has a long life on screen beyond “Force Awakens.”

“All that backstory will be forthcoming,” he remarked. “In the movie, you don’t learn these things, but I know that these are things that are coming out in other venues.”

It has been a rough week for “Star Wars” fans who are trying to avoid all spoilers before the film debuts on Dec. 18. Yesterday, Abrams revealed that Princess Leia would be dropping her royal title for the film and now goes by General. 

Big changes are afoot in the “Star Wars” universe! We hope you’re ready. 

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