Monday 1 February 2016

Captain Phasma is returning for Star Wars: Episode VIII

Fans of Captain Phasma rejoice.

Game of Thrones actor Gwendoline Christie confirmed she'll be back to plague the Resistance in director Rian Johnson's sequel to The Force Awakens, which begins principal photography in London this month.

"I will be in the next Star Wars movie," Christie told People at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

"I was very over excited. I made no secret of the fact that I really campaigned for the part for a long time," she added. "And then I was delighted when JJ 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."

Incidentally, the character of Captain Phasma began life as a discarded design for Kylo Ren after it caught the attention of director JJ Abrams.

**Spoiler warning for The Force Awakens**

Hopefully, Star Wars' silver nemesis will get more screen time after escaping the trash compactor on Starkiller Base. The marketing suggested a female Boba Fett for a new generation of Star Wars fans. What we got was something akin to a cameo overshadowed by fan favourite TR-8R, the Stormtrooper who challenged a lightsaber-wielding Finn.

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