Lupita Nyong'o's character in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has been a huge mystery. “I have lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people. I see your eyes. I know your eyes,” Nyong'o says in the trailer for the film, but her physical self is no where to be found. Director J. J. Abrams and Nyong'o shared details about her mysterious role in the film in a new Entertainment Weekly article.
“Her history is that she was a pirate for a long time. She’s lived over a thousand years. She’s had this watering hole for about a century, and it’s like another bar that you’d find in a corner of the Star Wars universe," Abrams says about Nyong'o's character, Maz Kanata.
This character is Nyong'o's first motion capture role. She was coached by Andy Serkis who plays Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings," and Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."
“The biggest advice he gave me, that was so important to hold on to, is a motion-capture character you develop the same way as any other. You have to understand who the character is and what makes them who they are,” she says.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" debuts on December 18.
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