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JJ Abrams’ teacher inspired a very important Star Wars character

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams told his hometown newspaper that the character of Maz Kanata, played by Lupita Nyong’o was inspired by his high school English teacher.

hollywood Updated: Dec 26, 2015 14:36 IST
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JJ Abrams’ high school english teacher inspired a very important Star Wars character.(Disney)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams has revealed that a very important character in the movie was inspired by one of his high school teachers.

The 49-year-old filmmaker revealed that Maz Kanata’s character, played by Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o was based on his Pacific Palisades English teacher, Rose Gilbert, said The Hollywood Reporter.

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“Yes, the character of Maz was originally based on the great Rose Gilbert. We really wanted the story to feel authentic, despite being a wild fantasy. I mentioned Rose in an early story meeting as a sort of timeless, wise figure that I’d actually known in my life,” Abrams said.

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“While we experimented with many looks and styles before settling on the character’s final design, Rose was always at the center of the inspiration of Maz. Rick and I had hoped to contact Rose and show her what we were doing, but she sadly passed away while we were in the prep of the film,” he added.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently in theatres and has breaking numerous records at the box office.

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First Published: Dec 26, 2015 14:35 IST