'Star Wars' Rumor May Reveal Maz Kanata's Important Role in 'The Last Jedi'

Monday, 28 August 2017 - 10:32AM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Monday, 28 August 2017 - 10:32AM
'Star Wars' Rumor May Reveal Maz Kanata's Important Role in 'The Last Jedi'
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Fan site Making Star Wars, which has been known in the past for breaking news stories months in advance (such as sharing a rumor about Snoke's gold kimono that turned out to be true), has reported that Maz Kanata will have a significant role in The Last Jedi: if the site is to be believed, Maz will be the one to introduce the Resistance to the shadowy "DJ", played by Benicio Del Toro, during their hour of need. According to the site's unnamed source:

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"Maz apparently introduces the resistance to DJ. She helps the Resistance by pointing them toward a "mysterious new ally." Maz has been forced to become more mobile and take more of a role in the criminal underworld."
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This information was reportedly gleaned from the upcoming weekend's Find the Force augmented reality event, where fans of the series can scan their surroundings to learn more about The Last Jedi. This means we should soon have confirmation over whether or not this rumor is a load of bantha poodoo.

The idea of Maz taking on a role as an underworld informant for the Resistance fits nicely as an extention of her role in The Force Awakens, where she's certainly shown to be a friend of our heroes, in spite of her fondness for all the grimy mercenaries that populate the Outer Rim. There's a similar rumor bouncing around at the moment that Maz might show up again in the Han Solo movie, which would make perfect sense considering Han's longstanding relationship with her, hinted at in The Force Awakens. If she's been a consistent source of unbiased power within the Outer Rim since the days of the Empire, or even before, then having her pop up in the early days of Han and Chewie would make sense, and would tie all of these movies together.



It would, of course, also mean that Maz would be playing the same role in three movies, providing exposition and tying together plot points wherever she goes. With this comes the danger of predictability, so it'll be quite fun to see whether or not her vouching for DJ proves to be a big mistake. Del Toro's character, by all accounts, is not somebody to be trusted—he's essentially the Lando Calrissian wild card in this movie, with his own agenda that doesn't necessarily involve helping the good guys.

It seems like we'll be getting more of Maz Kanata in the near future, and while she won't be the Yoda of The Last Jedi, it sounds like she'll be just as helpful.
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