Brought to life by Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie, Captain Phasma quickly became a fan-favorite following her unveiling in The Force Awakens, when the Star Wars community affectionately christened her character as the “Chrome Trooper.” A badass title for a badass character, if we do say so ourselves, even if Christie’s First Order Commander didn’t get an awful lot of screentime in J.J. Abrams’ franchise revival.
Fans can take solace though in the fact that Captain Phasma will be back, back, back for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and not only will she return, but apparently, the film will be diving deep into her backstory. Or rather, it sure sounds like it will. That’s because according to the actress, she’s had long conversations with director Rian Johnson about the character, and he was open to all of her ideas.
“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.”
Christie also talked about how happy she is to be included in the sequel and what a big deal it is for her, saying that she never thought this would happen.
“I was just so delighted to be in The Last Jedi, and for that to be directed by Rian Johnson, who is another director I’ve long admired since I watched Brick, actually; I thought that was a really brilliant piece of work. When I met him, these are huge things to me and things I never thought would happen in my career,”
Directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is expected to take flight on December 15th. Other projects gestating in that iconic galaxy far, far away include an untitled Han Solo origin story – helmed by Ron Howard, it’s on course to hit theatres on May 25th, 2018 – and Star Wars: Episode IX, the Colin Trevorrow-directed sequel that will herald the latest (and final?) chapter in the Skywalker saga come 2019.