Just recently, Vanity Fair did a piece on the film, and in that process, we got confirmation that Adam Driver will be the villain Kylo Ren, Gwendoline Christie is definitely Captain Phasma, and Lupito Nyong'o will be playing a character named Maz Kanata.
Who the hell is Maz Kanata? At first, we just knew the name, that it would involve motion capture, and that she was described as some kind of "space pirate" in some fashion. Now, to go along with those details, we have our first visual look at the character:
My first reaction was to laugh at green E.T. in a do-rag. To be fair, that imagery still hasn't left my brain, and I'm not exactly loving it. I have a feeling this is going to be the sort of character that I look back on and wish they hadn't spent so much time dealing with. What I love about the Star Wars franchise isn't the different-looking aliens or the spaceships and blasters, but the Jedi. If this goes back to the original trilogy where it has much more of a Star Trek feel to it, I'll be disappointed. The idea of a space pirate is dumb to me, and when it looks ridiculous like this, it doesn't exactly win me over.
I'm still pumped for the movie, but I'm starting to get a little worried that while the tone might be great and the visual effects should be fantastic, I might not like the plot itself. If they announce that Domhnall Gleeson is Ben Skywalker, it'll make up for this, but right now, this image did more to damage the hype for the movie for me than make me excited.
What do you think of Maz Kanata? Are you looking forward to Lupita Nyong'o bringing this alien to life? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!