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Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) Returning to Star Wars

Although she did not have that many scenes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Gwendoline Christie’s chromed-out stormtrooper Captain Phasma was definitely the topic of many an Episode VII discussion. And, despite her character suffering a seemingly unceremonious end, Gwendoline Christie will in fact be returning in the as yet subtitled Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Christie was interviewed at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards by People, where she spilled the galactic beans:

I will be in the next Star Wars movie.

Gwendoline briefly discusses what went into her getting the role of Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens:

I was very over excited. I made no secret of the fact that I really campaigned for the part for a long time. And then I was delighted when J.J. Abrams wanted to have me in the film and then wanted to cast me in this role that had originally been designed for a man.

Here’s a couple of fun facts about Gwendoline Christie’s The Force Awakens character: the chromed armor look for Captain Phasma was originally slated for main baddie Kylo Ren. Lead costume designer Michael Kaplan originally conceived of Kylo as Lord of the Stormtroopers before J.J. Abrams scrapped that idea. It wasn’t until later, when Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy saw the Phasma drawings, that she fell in love with them and decided to cast the role with a woman.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary tells us that the shiny chrome is actually called Chromium, and was salvaged from the now deceased Emperor Palpatine’s yacht from his homeworld of Naboo. I wonder if Phasma has a connection to the former Dark Lord of the Sith? I suppose we’ll have to wait until Episode VIII to find out.

The worldwide theatrical premiere of Star Wars: Episode VIII has been pushed back to December 15, 2017, which means if Brienne survives Game of Thrones Season 6, she will once again be doing press for a new Star Wars movies while filming a new season of the show.

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  • Huge fan of Star Wars and I was super psyched to see the seventh installment primarily because of the badassery that was promised with Kylo Ren and Capt. Phasma only to find out both were the weakest villains I’ve ever seen get the amount of hype that they received. An untrained initiate defeats Kylo Ren, who had been apprenticed to Luke Skywalker himself, in a thoroughly disappointing lightsaber duel, and Capt. Phasma just rolls over on her comrades on the Starkiller base leading to hundreds of thousands of their deaths…why even bother. I was looking forward to a great movie, and got a meh, I feel like falling asleep experience. Of course the hype was real and so was the billions they made off of it. When the industry wants you to see a movie, so that everyone involved can make a shit ton of money (including advertisers, reviewers, toy makers, video game developers, etc.) they’re going to sell the shit out of it, anyone critical of the movie be damned. Not J.J. Abrams fault, he did the best he could, but it was the writing, the goddam writing, that was to blame. Star Trek into Darkness, was a far, FAR, better Sci-Fi space movie in every respect. The acting was better, the writing was better, the heroes were better, and the villains, the villains were 100x’s better. Khan, Khan was a goddam savage. Kylo Ren was a little emo fuckboy who somehow managed to build his own lightsaber without learning how to use it.

      • No, I didn’t. I thought it was Kasdan and Arndt, but a quick google search shows that you are correct. Either way, the writing was the weakest link, and all my criticisms still stand.

    • Phasma, I agree was a disappointment. But Kylo is the most developed and interesting villain the movies have had within one movie (Vader became more developed over three movies, and then further developed over 6. But Kylo is more developed within one movie). As for him being “weak”… You need to read this:

      Also, Rey probably is not untrained. We still have to learn what happened in her childhood. Maybe give things a chance before deciding it’s boring and writing off everything that didn’t meet your expectations.

  • I think I’m the only person in the developed world who hasn’t seen the force awakens. I like Star Wars, but waiting for it to come out on DVD or Netflix cause I’m critically time poor.

    • You’ve already seen The Force Awakens, it’s called A New Hope/The Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi.

      • Ooohhhh. Ok. I guess I’ve seen it then. I thought it was the latest Starwars movie. Which I haven’t seen. ?