Recently, while on the red carpet for the SAG awards, which is becoming a regular event for Gwendoline Christie due to her involvement in ‘Game of Thrones,’ the woman opened up about her role on ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ as Captain Phasma, what the role meant to her, and what she hopes it will mean for woman around the world, especially those looking to get cast in predominantly male-centric franchises.
“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 thought the costume was incredibly striking. I also just liked this notion of a female stormtrooper. 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.”
Following that statement, she then confirmed what everyone already expected about the character:
“I will be in the next ‘Star Wars’movie. I think that’s an exclusive, actually.”
And I said what everyone “already expected” because the lead-up to ‘The Force Awakens’ and a lot of the promotional tie-ins featured Captain Phasma heavily, yet her screen-presence in the actual film was minimal. Considering all the work that actually went into the character, it only makes sense that while they decided to not use her so much in the first film of this trilogy, they would expand upon the role in the sequels. Especially with a woman like Christie behind the mask, they would be fools not to find creative and fun ways to use the character as much as possible, to really get the most out of the fan fervor for the character, the excellent costume design, and the remarkable actress portraying the role.
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