Maz Kanata's Big Secret Was Just Revealed By A Star Wars Deleted Scene

While we’ve already been told that the eventual Blu-Ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will not include an extended cut, it will include a sizeable chunk of deleted scenes. Now, a new interview with the guys in charge of the film’s visual effects reveals something new about one of the most mysterious new characters in the movie. It turns out Maz Kanata isn’t just Force-sensitive, she’s a Force badass.

According to Chris Corbould, the SFX Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic, a scene was filmed, but eventually cut, which included Maz using her powers...

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.

The interview, with Collider, simply adds a lot more detail about how much larger of a role Maz Kanata originally had that was eventually edited out. All in all, we learn a lot about what we might expect from the deleted scenes that could be on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray release.

One of our favorite new character’s in The Force Awakens is Maz Kanata. She’s the bar owner who’s over 1000 years old and voiced by Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o. In the film, she tells Rey that she’s not a Jedi, but that she is able to feel the Force. In truth, she can do much more than that.

While most of us are hungry for any additional content that was created for the film, we’re all really excited to see this. Once the battle on the planet gets started, we completely lose track of Maz and how she handles the fighting and destruction of her bar. Now that we know she was doing her part to defend the planet, we would have loved to have seen that.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard about Maz’s strength with the Force, though it is the clearest indication that she actually has the ability to use her powers actively. Maz says that she’s not a Jedi in the film, but based on information in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary, we have already learned that she’s able to use the Force in order to locate certain relics that are associated to the Force. This is how she’s able to eventually obtain Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, and hold on to it for the next potential Jedi to come along.

While it’s not a guarantee that this scene will actually be amongst those included on the new Blu-Ray, we’re certainly hopeful that this will be the case. We want to see more Maz, and we definitely want to see her kick some Stormtrooper butt among the rubble of her popular bar.

Dirk Libbey
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