Star Wars Maz Kanata
Star Wars Maz Kanata

A first look at Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was revealed at the upcoming film’s press conference on Wednesday.

Despite Maz Kanata’s small role in The Last Jedi, Lupita Nyong’o confirmed that she will return in The Rise of Skywalker. Maz Kanata has yet to appear in any marketing for The Rise of Skywalker, besides a brief glimpse in the official trailer. The first proper look at Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was revealed at the film’s press conference and has now surfaced online thanks to Twitter. You can check out the image below.

Voiced by the award-winning Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) and brought to life via motion capture technology, Maz made her first appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where she won over fans with her soothing voice, wise demeanor and humorous on-again/off-again romance with Chewbacca the Wookie. A retired space pirate and well-versed in the ways of the Force, Maz headed a tavern on the planet of Takodana. It was there that she provided shelter for her old friend Han Solo and his two young companions Rey and Finn, as well as presenting them with Luke Skywalker’s long thought to be lost blue lightsaber. She would later make a small appearance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, where she told Finn and Rose about a master codebreaker on the casino world of Canto Bight.

Do you think Maz Kanata will have more screen time in The Rise of Skywalker then she did in The Last Jedi? Sound off in the comments below!

Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released in theaters on December 19, 2019.

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