J.J. Abrams once explained why he cut out the trailer footage of Maz Kanata handing Leia the lightsaber in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but another scene with Lupita Noyongo's character was deleted, and it shows off her Force powers.
In the film, Kanata tells Rey, "I am no Jedi, but I do know the Force", and it turns out that she knows the Force well enough to use it.
During a recent interview with Collider, SFX supervisor Chris Corbould revealed that there was a scene in the movie that didn't make the final cut which featured Kanata using her power to defend herself from the Stormtroopers who were trying to kill her in her castle. He explains:
"There was a particular part of a scene that never made it, where they go underneath the castle and they're going into the underground passageways, and Stormtroopers are coming down the stairs and Maz uses her powers to collapse the ceiling. From my point of view, [that] worked absolutely brilliantly because you had all the main actors running up and then Maz does her bit and then the whole ceiling collapses in front of them, but that never made it. That was a shot I was quite proud of, actually, it worked really, really well."
That sounds like a spectacular scene to watch. I wonder why Abrams decided to cut it. I hope that will be included in the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital release. It seems like Maz's screentime was completely discarded after doing her purpose to the film's plot. Maybe we'll see more of Maz's powers in Episode VIII and IX. We'll share the deleted scene here on Epistream once it gets released online.