If there was any doubt the world was not ready for more stories in the Star Wars universe, The Force Awakens proved people are more ready than ever. The movie broke numerous box-office records following its release, which should bode well for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story later this year. As far as continuing Rey’s story, fans will have to wait until next year for Star Wars: Episode VIII to hit theaters.
The focus so far, and rightfully so, has been put on finding out what Luke, Rey, Kylo, Finn, and Poe have been doing since they last appeared on film. But they are not the only characters returning for the saga’s next installment, as everyone’s favorite bespectacled alien Maz Kanata will be in the film, too. However, in a strange turn of events, even though filming has wrapped on the movie, Lupita Nyong’o says she has not yet filmed any of her scenes.
Nyong’o was recently interviewed by Collider who asked about her experience on Episode VIII. Specifically, she was asked what it was like working with director Rian Johnson, and the response Nyong’o gave was unexpected, to say the least:
“I haven’t worked with him yet; I’ve yet to shoot. That’s in my future.”
While that sounds odd, it shouldn’t be too concerning that Nyong’o hasn’t done any work for the movie. After all, the film is still a year out and her character is entirely CGI. If her role is similar in size to last time, all that Johnson might need from her is a week or so of work alone in the booth to complete her portion in the movie. That would give the Academy Award-winner plenty of time to bring her part to the character. Still, it is odd that Nyong’o wouldn’t have been on set to film her part in full mo cap gear. The fact that she wasn’t on set might be an indication of what sort of role Maz will play in the upcoming sequel, meaning she might not have much in the way of interaction with other cast members.
Although story details are virtually non-existent at this point, it’s a good bet Maz will be in a different space when audiences do see her again. Her castle on Takodana was destroyed thanks to The First Order’s attack, but she has clearly aligned herself with the Resistance. She could play an important role this time around since she was close to Han, is force sensitive, and possibly knows Rey’s true identity. With any luck, more details will be available soon.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.