After an interminable wait, the third and final Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is here for your viewing pleasure, and like the first two teasers, it raises its fair share of questions fans can't wait to see answered. What is Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) looking to finish in Darth Vader's wake? What is Rey's (Daisy Ridley) place in the universe? Where is Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)?
And just like the other trailers, one of the larger mysteries is the identity of the voice over speaker. Previously, we heard Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and Luke discuss the Force in different Force Awakens trailers - but who is it this time? Disney may be interested in keeping several Star Wars secrets under lock and key, but they were willing to reveal this one shortly after the trailer dropped.
In a Disney Insider blog post, it is confirmed that the voice over dialogue is from new character Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong'o), who has largely been absent from the earlier marketing materials. However, Lucasfilm now seems comfortable putting her into the spotlight, as Maz was shown on the new poster that came out over the weekend, giving fans their first look at the CGI alien the Oscar-winner will be playing.
As one might expect, the trailer doesn't provide too many details about Maz, but from her lines (which seem to be directed at Rey), it's safe to assume that she is a Force sensitive being. She can obviously feel the Force calling to someone, and implores that person to just let it in. For all intents and purposes, she could be this film's version of Yoda - a wise little creature that the heroes visit for some guidance.
It's long been rumored that Maz lives on the jungle planet Takodana, and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) takes Rey and Finn (John Boyega) to her castle to learn more about Luke and his old blue lightsaber. This seems to be a scene depicted in the final trailer, implying that Maz has some sort of connection to the returning classic trilogy characters. Given her alleged knowledge about what's happened to Luke, she could be someone the elder Skywalker trained in the Jedi arts. Maz's association with the old guard will be an interesting element to watch unfold.
Fans will also be curious as to how large Maz's role in the story will be. While it doesn't appear she will be a main character, her presence on the poster suggests that she could be a key supporting player. If Maz is indeed knowledgeable about the ways of the Force, she could be the one who gives Finn or Rey their first step into a larger world. Many had assumed Luke would be the one to do that, but all signs are pointing to him having minimal screen time in Episode VII. By that virtue, it would make sense to give Maz a sizable part in the proceedings, since the young faces will need some kind of teaching if they are to take down Kylo Ren and the First Order.
It's unlikely that we learn much about Maz's nature between now and December, so like most things Star Wars, fans will have to rely on good old speculation and hypothesizing. But it's probably for the best if it stays that way. Lucasfilm has done an admirable job promoting The Force Awakens. Let's unlock the mystery box together in the theater.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: Disney Insider