We are all familiar with the secrecy of Star Wars: The Force Awakens but Kathleen Kennedy (one of the producers of the film) has confirmed that Captain Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie will return for Episode VIII.
She said: “We have big plans for Phasma and we confirm that the captain will carry on into the next movie. She’s an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word.” Phasma or how the fans call her “Chrometrooper”, was initially supposed to be a male character before Kennedy and J.J. Abrams decided to swap the gender. She quickly caught on with fans after her unveiling, even as we still know very little about her.
But Christie says the character was borne out of a desire to create a more complex female character than Hollywood tends to offer: “We see women in a different range of roles in the film” Christie says. “And the reason I love my character so much and i fell so enthusiastic about Capt. Phasma is, yes, she’s cool, she looks cool, she’s a villain – but more than that, we see a female character and respond to her not because of the way she looks. We respond to her because of her actions.
I think we’re a society that has promoted a homogenized idea of beauty in women – and in men – and I think it’s really interesting, modern and necessary to have a female character that isn’t about the way her body looks. It isn’t about her wearing makeup. It’s not about her being conventionally feminized. The idea of this enormous legacy and franchise embracing an idea like that, which of course to many of us feels logical, is actually really progressive. And long overdue.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has open in theaters on December 18th 2015, while Star Wars: Episode VIII is slated for release on May 26, 2017.
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