'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Goes Deeper into Captain Phasma's Backstory

Sunday, 30 July 2017 - 4:15PM
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Sunday, 30 July 2017 - 4:15PM
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Goes Deeper into Captain Phasma's Backstory
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Despite being all over the marketing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Gwendoline Christie's silver-armored stormtrooper, Captain Phasma, was used pretty sparingly before getting tossed into a trash compactor. But we know she survived, and she'll be more prominently featured in The Last Jedi. 

Speaking to multiple news sources while promoting her role in Top of the Lake: China Girl, Christie (who's most well known as Game of Thrones' Brienne of Tarth) explained that Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is digging deeper into the backstories of each character during the film. And while people are mostly concerned with Rey's backstory, this also includes smaller characters like Phasma.

While it's easy to assume she was drafted into the First Order/Empire as a child, and that could still be the case, Christie hinted to IGN that she and Johnson had developed something a little more in-depth:

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"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."
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First off, it's really cool to see that Christie's been designing a large part of Phasma's character on her own, only finalizing things with Johnson after putting parts of the character together by herself. But it also means that the two have some actual plans for the stormtrooper during The Last Jedi, who should also get developed some more in the tie-in material coming out before.

Phasma appeared unmasked in some promo images alongside Kylo Ren and Hux - two more characters whose "deeper" backstories should be interesting - and on top of that, she also has a comic book series and novel coming out before the movie. Sadly, Christie hasn't read any of the comic series or book material in advance, saying "I haven't been allowed entry to it." But she's been following it all as closely as she can.


She echoed a similar sentiment about Johnson while speaking to Entertainment Weekly, explaining that she was a big fan of the director since seeing his film Brick, and that she was excited to see how much attention he wanted to give each Last Jedi character:

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"What I can tell you about the next Star Wars film is I think Rian does an exceptional job of going deeper, of going further, and really exploring what these relationships are."
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out December 15, 2017.
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