February 1, 2016


'Star Wars: Episode VIII': Gwendoline Christie Returning as Captain Phasma

Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images
Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images

We've made a lot of predictions for the Force Awakens sequel Star Wars: Episode VIII, one of them revolving around a bigger role for Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie. As the new character Captain Phasma, Christie's formidable presence was palpable; she very Vader-ishly never doffed that chromed-out helmet.

On the red carpet at the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards over the weekend, Christie told People she'll definitely appear in Episode VIII. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy previously teased Phasma's continued role in the series, calling her "an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word."

Speaking to People, Christie recalled her feelings about taking on the new character:

"I was very overexcited. 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. ... I felt it encouraged diversity and it was doing something new and it was an interesting bit of casting for women, and I hope that in something that was such a mainstream success it would breed more of those kind of opportunities for other women."

Episode VIII was recently pushed back seven months, from May 2017 to December 2017. Ease the pain with our rundown of the 14 most exciting The Force Awakens theories and those 33 things we expect from the next movie.