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We learn via an article posted on The Hollywood Reporter that the inspiration behind the design of the character Maz Kanata in The Force Awakens came from one of director J.J. Abrams’ high school teachers.
J.J. Abrams’ late high school teacher is now a forever part of The Force.
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens director revealed in an interview with The Palisadian Post that his late high school English teacher, Rose Gilbert, was the inspiration for one of the characters in the space film.
“Yes, the character of Maz was originally based on the great Rose Gilbert,” Abrams said. “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 isn’t the only former student of Rose Gilbert who was involved in creating The Force Awakens, as Episode VII production designer Rick Carter also had her as a teacher back in the day.
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