Phasma Fans Rejoice: Gwendoline Christie Confirms She’s Back For Episode VIII

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Attention all Captain Phasma fans! Gwendoline Christie’s been officially confirmed for Star Wars episode VIII! Game of Thrones enthusiasts were probably a little disappointed with how small the Stormtrooper Captain’s role was in The Force Awakens, but now we’ve definitely got more Phasma fun to look forward to!

People caught up with Christie on the Screen Actors Guild Award pre-show red carpet.

“I will be in the next Star Wars movie,” she said.

“I made no secret of the fact that I really campaigned for the part for a long time,” she continued. “And then I was delighted when JJ 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.”

And not just any man! Benedict Cumberbatch, no less, was supposedly up for the role that eventually went to Christie. As much as we love Cumberbatch, it’s certainly way cooler to have a 6’3 badass lady villain, right?!

“I thought the costume was incredibly striking. I also just liked this notion of a female stormtrooper,” she went on. “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.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens certainly did it’s bit for women in diverse roles, with not only Christie as Captain Phasma, but Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Lupita Nyong’o as the wizened space-pirate Maz Kanata, and of course Daisy Ridley as everyone’s favourite space-scavenger Rey.

It looks like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will have a female lead too, in Felicity Jones!

You can catch Rogue One in cinemas December 16th this year, but after it got pushed back from its initial May release date, we’ll have to wait til December 2017 for Episode VIII!

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