THE FORCE AWAKENS deleted scene reveals Maz’s connection to the force!
Maz Kanata isn’t a Jedi, but went she says she knows The Force, she means it! The kooky but wise character voiced by Lupita Nyong’o had a big moment in a Star Wars: The Force Awakens deleted scene, SPX supervisor Chris Courbold revealed to Collider, and it revealed a bigger power within her than seen in the final cut.
“There was a particular part of a scene that never made it, where they go underneath the castle and they’re going into the underground passageways, and Stormtroopers are coming down the stairs and Maz uses her powers to collapse the ceiling. From my point of view, [that]worked absolutely brilliantly because you had all the main actors running up and then Maz does her bit and then the whole ceiling collapses in front of them, but that never made it. That was a shot I was quite proud of, actually, it worked really, really well.”
While we don’t know from sure why the scene was deleted, it could be that it’s rare and a bit confusing to see non-Jedis/Siths with some control of The Force. Or the series may have decided to save Maz’s powers for a bigger moment later in the series. Either way, we’re hoping this scene makes it into the DVD extras!