- Cooking Mama’s return whips up a fresh batch of memes Tuesday 8:18 PM
- Influencer body-shames model, Photoshops photo of self to ‘prove point’ Tuesday 7:27 PM
- Boosie Badazz goes on transphobic rant about Dwyane Wade’s daughter Tuesday 6:34 PM
- Royal Family’s website accidentally links to porn instead of charity Tuesday 5:39 PM
- Republican senator spreads false conspiracy about coronavirus Tuesday 5:11 PM
- New DNA technology could help exonerate Black man serving life sentence Tuesday 4:24 PM
- ‘SNL’s’ Kenan Thompson to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Tuesday 3:58 PM
- Singer Summer Walker dragged for insensitive HIV comments Tuesday 2:39 PM
- This video of a teddy bear getting steam cleaned makes a perfect meme Tuesday 2:27 PM
- Ted Cruz goes on Twitter tirade over proposed vasectomy bill Tuesday 2:22 PM
- Billie Eilish says she’s stopped reading Instagram comments Tuesday 2:13 PM
- Christian group blames satanists for Twitter poll results Tuesday 1:41 PM
- Coronavirus has pandemic-themed video games topping charts Tuesday 12:58 PM
- Bloomberg said kids are drawn to socialism because they think it involves social media Tuesday 12:55 PM
- Jake Paul gives ill-informed advice on how to deal with anxiety Tuesday 12:25 PM
Lupita Nyongo’s ‘Star Wars’ character is over 1,000 years old and has important eyes
We know what Maz Kanata looks like, but we still don’t know what role she’ll play.
The Internet is teeming with theories and speculation about Star Wars: The Force Awakens thanks to Entertainment Weekly‘s exclusive new stories. Yesterday, the magazine unveiled 27 new stills from the film and new interviews with Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. Today, it revealed that Lupita Nyong’o‘s character Maz Kanata is indeed the strange alien featured in the Force Awakens poster.
That’s right—as many fans suspected, this enigmatic woman was hiding in plain sight all along.
Maz’s voice is the one in the film’s new TV spot, uttering the line, “I have lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people. I see your eyes. I know your eyes.” Director J.J. Abrams told EW that the line is significant for Maz: Her eyes contain “special meaning and power,” which probably explains why she wears those distinctive goggles.
Thanks to this summer’s Annie Leibovitz photo shoot for Vanity Fair, we already knew that Maz was a pirate who held court in an exotic castle. But EW added that Maz, who is over a thousand years old, lives in “a court of misfits and miscreants.” That sounds like our kind of hangout.
EW also treated us to many more details about other characters, particularly Leia and Rey. Let’s break down what we’ve learned:
- Leia is now called “General.” In a look at Princess—sorry, General—Leia, EW revealed that the Star Wars heroine now carries a professional title rather than her noble one. According to Abrams, however, there is an exception: One character in the movie slips up. Most fans agree that it’s probably Han.
- She’s a solitary figure in an intense role. According to Abrams, there’s “not a lot of fooling around” when it comes to Leia, because “the stakes are pretty high.” Meanwhile Carrie Fisher described her—in more Leia-esque fashion—as “solitary. Under a lot of pressure. Committed as ever to her cause,” as well as “defeated, tired, and pissed.”
- Rey is an abandoned child. Her as-yet-unidentified parents left her on the desert planet Jakku when she was 5 years old. Actress Daisy Ridley described Rey as having been “alone for a long time.” Later, she added that “the film, for Rey, is a journey of finding out that no one is no one.”
There’s even more about the new film in Entertainment Weekly‘s photo gallery.
Photo via Star Wars Movies/Facebook
Aja Romano is a geek culture reporter and fandom expert. Their reporting at the Daily Dot covered everything from Harry Potter and anime to Tumblr and Gamergate. Romano joined Vox as a staff reporter in 2016.