11:33am PT by Graeme McMillan
Deleted 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Scene Would've Shown Maz Kanata In Action
She was one of the most mysterious characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but a deleted scene from the movie would have revealed more information — and created more questions — about galactic bar owner Maz Kanata.
According to Chris Corbould, SFX supervisor for the movie, a sequence planned for the movie during the First Order's invasion of Takodana would have shown that there was far more to Kanata (voiced by Lupita Nyong'o) than simply being a good judge of character.
"There was a particular part of a scene that never made it, where they go underneath the castle and they’re going into the underground passageways, and stormtroopers are coming down the stairs and Maz uses her powers to collapse the ceiling," Corbould told Collider. "From my point of view, [that] worked absolutely brilliantly because you had all the main actors running up and then Maz does her bit and then the whole ceiling collapses in front of them, but that never made it. That was a shot I was quite proud of, actually. It worked really, really well."
While fans missed the chance to see Maz in action, the description of the scene just makes the character even more enigmatic and, to be blunt, frustrating: was she using the Force? Does that suggest a reason — some kind of Jedi connection — why she ended up with Luke's lightsaber in her basement? Given that she's another short, somewhat grumpy alien, does that make her the new trilogy's Yoda, only with better syntax?
Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in preproduction for a May 2017 release. Perhaps answers will be forthcoming then.