One STAR WARS: TFA Deleted Scene Featured 'Maz Kanata' VS. Stormtroopers
"I am no Jedi, but I do know the Force," Lupita Nyong'o's Maz Kanata tells Rey at one point during Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and based on what we learned from an SFX supervisor on the movie, that wasn't an idle boast! Details of an exciting deleted scene after the jump..
A lot of fans were disappointed that the Maz Kanata character seemed to disappear without explanation after the Resistance rescue in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and as we know there was originally more for her to do back at the base - but the handing over of the lightsaber scene wasn't the only moment that wound up on the cutting room floor.
While chatting to SFX supervisor Chris Corbould, Collider asked if he remembered any specific scenes that didn't make the final cut of the film, and he described a very interesting encounter between Maz and some First Order types.
"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. From my point of view, [that] worked absolutely brilliantly because you had all the main actors running up and then Maz does her bit and then the whole ceiling collapses in front of them, but that never made it. That was a shot I was quite proud of, actually, it worked really, really well."
Powers? She may not be a Jedi, but Maz must be pretty proficient in force-use to bring bring down a ceiling. So if she can tap into the Force like that, why doesn't she refer to herself as a Jedi? Hopefully this and much more will be explained in future movies, and we get to see this scene for ourselves when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits home release.
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