One of the best spots in The Force Awakens was when Han and the gang had to make a pit stop on the planet of TAKODANA, to visit Maz Kanata. Maz was an old friend of Han and Chewie and gave insight to Rey about her lineage and future. The scene in Maz’s castle was hilarious and cute, especially when she insinuated her and Chewy had a thing. It was great and I wanted more of it.
I wanted more of Maz’s castle and then the damn first order showed up and destroyed it. So I was glad when Maz was featured in The Last Jedi’s promotions. And she was hardly in the film. Just one scene. And it felt forced.
The actress who plays Maz Kanata, Lupita Nyong’o isn’t sure if she’ll be back for any upcoming films.
Asked by The Hollywood Reporter if she’s signed up for the as-yet-untitled conclusion to the new trilogy, she said: “I don’t know yet. I’ll know soon.”
According to reports, Episode 9 will go into production this summer – meaning actors’ diaries will need to be sorted sooner rather than later.
Certainly, it wouldn’t be a big surprise if Maz didn’t have a central role in the next movie – but to miss her out altogether would surely not sit well with a fanbase already reeling from the deaths of some key players in The Last Jedi.
After losing Luke, Leia, Holdo, Snoke and yes even Akbar, it would make sense to bring back a familiar face. I’m hoping she’ll be back. Whatever JJ does with her I’m sure it’ll be better than having Maz on a conference call.
Do you guys want to see Maz Kanata back in Episode IX?