Well hello there…
Whilst we all got excited by the Star Wars: The Last Jedi footage shown at SDCC 2017 (first dropped at D23 the night before), there was a whole lot of other Star Wars news to get excited about. For example, Lucasfilm announced a plethora of new books and comics including some of our favourite characters, both old and new.
What really interested me though, was the announcement of a series of Captain Phasma stories, including a 4-part mini-series set after The Force Awakens and due out this September.
Like so many of you, I was really excited to see the introduction of Captain Phasma into the Star Wars universe. Looking completely bad ass and dressed from head to toe in chrome armour, a whole new dimension has been brought to the franchise. It also introduced a strong female villain which, let’s be honest, had been lacking despite Star Wars being at the forefront of introducing strong female leads (Carrie Fisher obviously springs to mind).
The history of Captain Phasma’s character is quite interesting; Originally slated to be a male character, a strong audition by Gwendolyn Christie and her determination to play the role, led to her being cast. The chrome armour was originally designed for Kylo Ren, but it was deemed not to suit the character and was subsequently shelved until Kathleen Kennedy had the idea of using it for Phasma.
The role of Phasma was written before Gwendolyn Christie came on board and her short performance led to complaints of the character being underused, Lucasfilm was quick to address the issue by announcing that Phasma would have a much more prominent role in The Last Jedi.
Another interesting thing for me was that it wasn’t decided what species Captain Phasma would be when the part was originally written. Pablo Hidalgo, Lucasfilm Story Group creative executive, recently said in an interview with Vanity Fair, “I think a big part of the allure of her character was just wondering what might be underneath. It was only relatively recently that we wanted to commit to the idea that there was a human under there. The Force Awakens left that question, but as we got further into Last Jedi, as well as some other stories we’re thinking about with Phasma, we had to ask ourselves, ‘All right, do we agree there’s a human under there?’ ”
As most of us will be aware, the Vanity Fair photo shoot shows Captain Phasma without her mask on for the first time. This leads to some interesting questions and speculation…
Will she actually spend some of her screen time in The Last Jedi unmasked? How big will her role be? What will she be doing in the movie? Will she survive into Episode 9?
I for one hope that her undoubted promise is fulfilled. There is no doubt in my mind that she will be obsessed with going after Finn. This could play out really well throughout The Last Jedi and beyond.
What do you think? Are you excited by her role in the upcoming movie? Does the thought of seeing more of her history interest you (especially how she escaped the doomed Starkiller Base)? Maybe you think her role is vastly overrated. Will she end up being the new Bobo Fett, or will she carve out her own identity? As always your thoughts and comments are very welcome and as always, MTFBWY.