|Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) - Lupita Nyong'o|
While filming they used the code word "Rose" for her character and that gave a few clues. Recently, Vanity Fair said her character's name is Maz Katana.
*** Spoiler Warning ***
From here on out these are minor spoilers for the film.
What Does She Look Like?
Indie Revolver released concept art they claim is from the film. Whether she actually looks like that is a mystery, but it does have a pirate headband.
Who is Maz Katana?
Star Wars and early drafts for A New Hope had a number of pirates.
Maz Katana's allegiance is a mystery though and we don't know whether she's on the side of the Resistance (the film’s new term for the Rebel Alliance) or The New Order (the film's new name for the Empire).
Is Her Character CGI?
Many have speculated that Nyong'o is playing a CGI character and it makes sense since the last Star Wars movie was full of CGI characters. Vanity Fair said they used "a small galaxy’s worth of tracking dots affixed to Lupita Nyong’o’s face allowed artists at Industrial Light & Magic to transform her into the C.G.I. character Maz Kanata." But, Abrams has a desire to use as little CGI as possible. Disney CEO Bob Iger said that "Abrams has relied more on physical sets and props that are significant in size and scope, rather than computer-generated imagery."
The BB-8 droid is a perfect example of that since everyone assumed it was CGI but is actually acomplex robot. There have been rumors that many of the aliens in Star Wars VII are actually animatronic robots instead of computer generated characters. This makes sense since many set photos show puppets or robots on set with the actors.
Andy Serkis confirmed this saying "The [Disney's animatronics division] Imaginarium is now involved in all of the performance capture on the Star Wars projects and I’m playing a character in that. It’s extraordinary." Star Wars Underworld found a description the technology Disney was working on years ago that describe a "controller on a full-body, force-controlled humanoid robot. Experimental results demonstrate that the controller can successfully make the robot track captured human motion sequences."
Some sets for "Pirates Cove" include Sun Terrace, Rose's Room, Walk-in freezer, Map Room, Passageway, "Dusty” Back Room, Pier (overlooks the ocean) and The Cliff Face. "Rose's Room" required the stage be raised "for puppetry requirements." Descriptions on set have described an animatronic robot that is missing a face. Her character is an animatronic robot with a CGI face that matches her movements.
What do you think of Lupita Nyong'o's Star Wars character? Do you feel she'll make a good pirate?
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