Why Did J.J. Abrams Cut Out a Particular Maz Kanata Scene from Star Wars 7?

Spoiler Alert! If you haven’t watched the new Star Wars movie, avoid this post!

With the new Star Wars movie introducing loads of brand new characters to sink our teeth into, there was obviously loads to cram into a short amount of time. There was one particular scene which was edited out according to Director, J.J. Abrams.

“That was a scene actually filmed, but we took out. At one point, Maz used to continue along with the characters back to the Resistance base, but we realized that she really had nothing to do there of value, except to have her sitting around… Lupita did film scenes on set for that sequence, but it felt like going right just to go left, and it was unnecessary. So we ended up leaving those things out.”