The Visual Dictionary reveals that Maz was a mentor to Han, likely getting him started as a smuggler. It is, of course, ironic that his mentor was a secret Force user. It makes me wonder if she ever tried to tell Han about the Force and he rejected the idea as nonsense, thinking she was using “simple tricks.”
Maz represents a type of character that I’ve always hoped would be explored in the films. She is an ancient Force user who draws upon the light side, yet is not a Jedi. Originally, Maz was going to show her Force abilities by bringing down a ceiling on troopers invading her castle, a scene that may be included in the deleted scenes of the Blu-ray release.
Some fans speculated that a small wooden statue seen in Anakin’s bedroom in The Phantom Menace may have been an inspiration for Maz’s design. Pablo Hidalgo, Creative Executive of the Lucasfilm Story Group, was somewhat cryptic on Twitter when asked about the statue: “from a story POV, it’s a neat idea that a Maz statuette ended up in Anakin’s room. But Twitter’s no place for storytelling.” I like the idea of Maz being a legendary figure that Anakin would have heard stories of, especially since his podracing flag is one of many hanging outside Maz’s castle.
According to the Visual Dictionary, Maz collects Force related artifacts, including a bust of an ancient master Jedi that can be seen in the room with Luke’s saber. Maz knew many Jedi over the years. And most intriguingly, it is possible that she even knew Yoda.
Like Lor San Tekka, Maz is a new character with ties to the prequel and original trilogy eras, one I can’t wait to get more background on. It is also quite possible that she will make an appearance in the stand-alone Han Solo film since she was once his mentor.
Until next time: May the Force be with you. Always.
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