Captain Phasma, Chrometrooper, Brienne of Tarth 2.0 – whatever moniker you choose, Gwendoline Christie’s high-ranking First Order commander is an undisputed badass, which only makes it all the more disappointing that her character was unfairly short-changed in The Force Awakens.
And though it’s impossible to gauge how much screen time will be allocated to Phasma in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, ComicBook.com recently caught up with Christie and Domnhall Gleeson (General Armitage Hux) to discuss the inner workings of the First Order. And it seems Phasma still has a chip on her chrome shoulder following the events of The Force Awakens, when she was dumped into a garbage chute on Starkiller Base.
I think they put her in to the garbage chute and it’s taken a long time for that smell to wear away, and I think just, obviously there are the circumstances but the smell you see. When you can’t get rid of a smell that can absolutely plague you. That’s not something I personally experienced, but it can make you volatile, and I think she’s off the chain now, with Finn and the smell, she’s lost control.
An unhinged, “off the chain” Captain Phasma only spells danger for Finn and the gang, who likely believed that they had seen the last of Gwendoline Christie’s fan-favorite. But it turns out that’s not the case. Thanks to the release of Captain Phasma #1, we know the First Order commander, one described as a “warrior born on a low-tech world called Parnassos,” managed to make it off Starkiller Base at the 11th hour no thanks to a BB-9E unit and a well-placed TIE Fighter.
The Last Jedi will be with us next Friday, and box office analysts have predicted a huge $200 million opening in North America. If true, that’ll place Rian Johnson’s Star Wars sequel head and shoulders above the competition to become 2017’s biggest domestic opening – at the expense of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, no less.