Spoiler Alert! Kathleen Kennedy Confirms One Villain's Fate in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Friday, 04 December 2015 - 1:21PM
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Friday, 04 December 2015 - 1:21PM
Spoiler Alert! Kathleen Kennedy Confirms One Villain's Fate in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
With less than two weeks in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens countdown, the spoilers are running completely wild at this point. Those of you who want to remain in spoiler blackout, this is your last chance to turn around. Kathleen Kennedy, director of Lucasfilm, just revealed whether one of the major villains in Star Wars: The Force Awakens survives the film, but which one?

Possible spoilers ahead! (Click to reveal)


In a great piece on the women of the Star Wars universe in LA Times, Kennedy confirmed that Captain Phasma, the "Chrometrooper" played by Game of Thrones's Gwendoline Christie, will continue past Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and will become a major part of the new Star Wars trilogy.

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"She's an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word."
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Technically, I suppose Phasma could still die and appear in future installments, as this is Star Wars, after all. But usually only members of the Light Side appear after death, as they are the only ones who can become one with the Force, and it seems unlikely that Kennedy would emphasize how important she is to the future of the series if she was only alive in The Force Awakens.

Christie, for her part, confirmed that the character's comparisons to Boba Fett are pretty apt, "which means she makes a lot of impact but she's not at the forefront of the action all the time," and also shed some light on why she was excited about the role:

Opening quote
"Kathleen Kennedy said to me, 'Have you ever Googled 'female heroines'? I said, 'No,' and she did it for me. If you do it, there are a lot of scantily clad women. Now women should be allowed to dress exactly however they choose, but the idea that you Google female heroines and there isn't a diverse range of examples that come up, I find it a bit depressing."
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Christie went on to explain that Phasma, although she's a villain, will serve as a great role model in certain respects, because she's not defined by being female. She's not a revealingly dressed superhero, nor is she a typical, seductive, "femme fatale" female villain, but a villain who happens to be female.

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"We see women in a different range of roles in the film," said Christie. "And the reason I love my character so much and I feel 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."
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Star Wars has already shown their willingness to engage with sexism surrounding female characters in an official capacity; when one fan expressed dissatisfaction with Phasma's armor, the official Star Wars Facebook account soundly put them in their place:



Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18.
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