Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
At this point, it’s almost fair to call Captain Phasma the Boba Fett of this trilogy. She has some badass, instantly-recognizable armor, but at the end of the day, her memorability kind of ends there. In The Force Awakens, she gave up vital First Order without a fight, and while she does give Finn a bit of a fight in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, her screen time isn’t very extensive.
Speaking with IGN, director Rian Johnson discussed the reasoning behind the lack of Captain Phasma in the movie.
“I mean, as you can see, man, we had a really full movie already. We had a big, big movie with a lot of characters we were trying to serve, and the God’s honest truth is, every character had to find their natural place.”
“And Phasma supports Finn’s storyline, obviously, and there just… until she shows up to fight him at the end, look through the story that we have, there’s just not a lot of space to go into a big Phasma storyline in it.”
“So the truth is. It’s just a very big cast and you have to kind of pick your battles with it.”
While I’m one of the folks who was ultimately disappointed with the character Phasma ended up being, it’s hard to dispute with what he says here. As it stands, the movie was already around two-and-a-half hours long. To add a lot more would have made a lot of audiences restless.
That being said, a part of me still wishes they had left Phasma for a more fulfilling part in Star Wars: Episode IX, but obviously, those are the breaks when dealing with a cast of many characters.
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