While Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a hit with most fans and critics, there was one character that fans were more or less underwhelmed by, Captain Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie. The actress is most well known for her portrayal of Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s hit series, Game of Thrones. The character of Captain Phasma oozed badassery from the first time we saw her in the trailer. Sporting chrome Stormtrooper gear, we fans expected her to be one of the more memorable characters of the film. That idea never fully reached fruition as we didn’t get to see her do much except give orders. The Stormtrooper known as FN-2199 took the place of Christie’s Phasma as the surprise ‘Boba Fett’ of the film, and more or less stole her thunder.
IGN recently caught up with Christie at the 2017 Critics Association Press Tour. Christie spoke about how she and director Rian Johnson worked together to give Captain Phasma a backstory, and to create the drive behind the character:
“Rian and I did have long conversations about this character and who she was, and I was utterly delighted in how willing he was to listen to my ideas and really thrilled to exchange them with him and hear his. He really is a master writer and director, and I think we’ve seen that in the films that he’s made, but I think that we truly will see that in the depths to which he goes in The Last Jedi.”
Phasma really needs to shine in The Last Jedi, not to the point to overtake Rey, Luke or Kylo Ren, but she could really step into the awesome supporting character role. Christie was also asked what it was like to step into a role such as Captain Phasma, who is not only portrayed in the movies, but books and video games as well:
“It fascinates me to be involved in something that also resonates in other incarnations of books or of merchandise, whatever it is, because people are connecting with the material that’s outside just literally watching it. They’re connecting with it in a way that’s tactile, that’s in their lives, that stimulates different parts of their brain, different part of their soul.”
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