Lupita Nyong’o’s character from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Maz Kanata, was one of the most delightful new characters from the film. Whether she was calling Chewbacca “her boyfriend” or handing Luke’s lightsaber to Rey, Maz made quite a memorable impression.
Maz was brought to life through an intricate combination of visual effects and performance capture by Nyong’o. In years past, actors could only lend their voice to digital characters, but Nyong’o was present in every seen, animating Maz to nuanced perfection.
In this new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” home release trailer, viewers are brought behind-the-scenes into the creation of Maz. Nyong’o shared this video to her social media channels today, in partnership with “Star Wars,” who also released a Maz emoji to their app.
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) March 21, 2016
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” arrives in Digital HD April 1st and Blu-ray & DVD April 5th.