What can we expect for the return of Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This exclusive Gwendoline Christie interview dives into the woman behind the mask. This post is sponsored by Disney. All galactic opinions are my own. #TheLastJediEvent
Gwendoline Christie Interview Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Return of the Phasma
Interview Photo Credits: Louise Bishop of MomStart.com
Return of the Phasma? Perhaps that is the alternative title we should be on the lookout for in Episode VIII. Captain’s Phasma’s return in Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes with much applause from the Star Wars fandom world. But how much do we know about the woman behind the mask? According to Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie, we are going to be learning a lot more. In this exclusive Gwendoline Christie interview, find out exactly what we will unmask in Captain Phasma’s story, being the “unconventional woman,” and what she really thinks about Game of Thrones vs. Star Wars.
Unmasking Phasma’s Character
Who is the woman behind the mask? According to Gwendoline Christie, we can certainly expect an unmasking of this particular character’s story – and learning more about the woman Stormtrooper with a bit of a chip on her shoulder.
In the first film, Phasma is an enigma, isn’t she? She’s a mystery. She turns up out of nowhere. She has this very confrontational, threatening presence, and that’s sort of compounded or emphasized by what she’s wearing, by this suit of armor.
There’s something about those characters that are masked, that we want to see what’s behind the mask. What I loved about it is that in the world that we live in, we are met with deluge of information all of the time. The idea of having that moment- the sort of suspension of disbelief where you have the space and are forced to wonder who is this, and who are they, I was very attracted by that.
What We Will See of Phasma in The Last Jedi
We already have a hint of an epic battle scene with Finn. But since story is driving the ship of this movie, what can we expect from Phasma’s story in The Last Jedi?
We do see more Phasma in the film, and what we see is her resilience, her need to fulfill an overriding sense of revenge, and we see something that we don’t commonly see in female characters and it manifests itself in different ways, this violence that comes from deep within her. And that’s something I find interesting about this character, is that women are not conventionally supposed to have a violence that comes from deep within.
Game of Thrones vs. Star Wars
Which does Gwendoline Christie prefer? Well, when it’s comes to her character suiting up in armor, she definitely has a preference.
With Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones…the brilliant Michele Clapton, the costume designer wanted the armor to be cobbled together pieces that Brienne had found and put together so she could have a suit of armor. So it was a literal representation of her building herself; of her self-creation.
But Michael Kaplan who designed Captain Phasma’s costume, is someone that I had absolutely always loved his work. He worked on the original Blade Runner, so I was aware of who he was and the work that he’d done. It’s just so shiny. [LAUGHS] Who couldn’t resist something as shiny as that? I don’t ever like to make preferences, but I think in this case, it has to be Captain Phasma.
On Being that “Unconventional Woman”
Let us come to grips with the fact that we are following the story of the first female Stormtrooper in Star Wars. She is a leader, a power, a force and a mystery – but most importantly, she is the “unconventional woman” that we didn’t know that we needed to side with the Dark Side. And Gwendoline Christie certainly doesn’t mind being the non-stereotyped villain.
It’s great to see an unconventional woman be the hero, even for a moment. It is fleeting; even for a moment that the opportunity to play the opposite of that where someone like Brienne of Tarth has the strength, and it comes in. It’s in every essence, every fiber of her being.
Someone like Captain Phasma, it’s in every fiber of her being- the need for ambition; the need for revenge; the need to be ultimate; the need to destroy, a woman as a destructive force. When women are seen as mother- that is a multidimensional thing. That inverted; the opposite of that, fascinated me and I felt like the opportunities were limitless.
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Phasma is back with a vengeance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Captain Phasma returns on December 15, 2017. I for one cannot wait to learn more about what’s behind the fiercest woman of the First Order.
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