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Star Wars: Episode 8 director Rian Johnson teases new image of Maz Kanata

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There’s no telling what the little orange alien is up to, but director Rian Johnson has sent out a behind-the-scenes image of actress Lupita Nyong’o performing as Maz Kanata for next year’s Star Wars: Episode VIII.

The filmmaker, who is picking up the franchise from The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams, posted the below shot without comment Monday to his Tumblr account, showing a close-up of the bespectacled being, with Oscar-winner Nyong’o in her motion-capture suit in the background on a non-descript volume set. Arrayed around the perimeter are a series of performance capture cameras, documenting her every movement.

http://rcjohnso.tumblr.com/post/142244762595

 

Johnson previously released a backstage shot of cinematographer Steve Yedlin near the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon to mark the end of Week 4 of shooting.

http://rcjohnso.tumblr.com/post/140845667440/cinematographer-steve-yedlin-hard-to-believe

 

Episode VIII is set for release on Dec. 15, 2017.