Did a key Star Wars: The Force Awakens character make a secret cameo in The Phantom Menace?

One eagle-eyed fan has spotted something incredible

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The Phantom Menace gets a lot of abuse from Star Wars fans, but is it possible it featured a secret appearance from a character who we wouldn’t meet properly until The Force Awakens?

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When Reddit user Baldrick1986 was watching Episode 1 recently, he spotted something amazing.

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Do you see it? No? 

Let’s take a closer look.

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Look familiar?

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It’s Maz Kanata, the Delphic alien and Resistance supporter played by Lupita Nyong’o! Maz is over 1,000 years old, and it seems her history with the Skywalkers goes back a long, long way.

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Or it’s just a coincidence. Regardless, it’s a pretty amazing spot.