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Gwendoline Christie to Return as Captain Phasma in Star Wars: Episode VIII

Captain Phasma

Speaking at the 2016 SAG Awards, actress Gwendoline Christie has confirmed that she will return as Captain Phasma in the next Star Wars movie.

Fans loved the addition of a female stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the limited screentime she received left most moviegoers wanting more. Speaking to People magazine (watch video here), Christie revealed that she has signed on to director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII which will be in theaters on December 15, 2017.

Gwendoline Christie spoke about her eagerness to play the role, saying, “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.”

She added, “I will be in the next Star Wars movie. I think that’s an exclusive, actually.”

Christie says she hopes fans’ acceptance of her portrayal of Captain Phasma will open up similar roles for women in future movies. She said, “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.”

Also, “I thought the costume was incredibly striking.”SuperFable