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Recently the Vanity Fair spread came out with all those amazing images from The Force Awakens. One of the images was of Lupita Ntong’o in full motion capture. It was revealed that she would be playing Maz Kanata, a pirate leader who appears to be housing a host baddies in her castle. While the vanity fair shoot is the first time we heard the characters true name, if you look closely at the trailer we actually get a glimpse of Kanata as she hands off Luke Skywalkers lightsaber to Daisy Ridley’s character.

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Kanata handing off the lightsaber!

If you look carefully you can see the outline of Kanata’s face in the photo above.

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Knowing that the effects team at Lucasfilm were trying to use practical effects and puppets where they could it’s difficult to think that based in the concept are Kanata could have been created with makeup. Also based in the Vanity Fair shoot Nyong’o is clearly doing motion capture. While it seems a little strange to use someone as beautiful as Nyong’o for a all CGI character you can’t go wrong with talent, and Nyong’o is certainly talented.

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Maz Kanata concept art courtesy of Indierevolver.com

So what do you guys out in Bro Nation think of the new character? You excited for the new Star Wars film? Drop a comment and let’s start a discussion!