FANS WILL ALSO SOON LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CAPTAIN IN COMIC BOOKS AND A COMPANION NOVEL.
Gwendoline Christie talks about building Captain Phasma’s backstory for The Last Jedi. It is her high priority when going forward to the sequel. There is an extensive backstory in the extended comic book series and companion novel that would come out soon in the coming months.
Captain Phasma was build up as this major character in the trailers, interviews and other promotions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The idea of Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie playing the character also gave that allusion. However, the character wasn’t even in at least half of the movie. She had no character arc and was more like an extra that gives orders to her people. But now, it seems we will get to know more about the feared leader of the stormtroopers.
Gwendoline Christie and director Rian Johnson are developing Phasma’s backstory and her motivations in The Last Jedi.
In an interview by IGN at the summer 2017 TV Critics’ Association press tour promoting her role in Top of the Lake: China Girl. Christie showed her excitement that fans can finally find out more about Captain Phasma. However she hasn’t had the chance to read the novel or comics yet so she couldn’t give any info.
— “I haven’t been allowed entry to it” — but she did admit, “I have been following [Phasma author] Delilah Dawson, who I’m following on Twitter just to say, ‘Remember me? Do you think about me?'”
“Rian and I did have long conversations about this character and who she was, and I was utterly delighted in how willing he was to listen to my ideas and really thrilled to exchange them with him and hear his,” said Christie. “He really is a master writer and director, and I think we’ve seen that in the films that he’s made but I think that we truly will see that in the depths to which he goes in The Last Jedi.”
“I’m hugely lucky to be classically trained with a method approach, so I do all of my work about who, for me, that character is, so I can go into that situation and everything is justified in logic and fact, like it is for us as humans,” she said. “Life governs the decision-making process that becomes who we are.”
Christie said she’s always viewed her work as an actor as “much more three-dimensional.”
“It fascinates me to be involved in something that also resonates in other incarnations of books or of merchandise, whatever it is, because people are connecting with the material that’s outside just literally watching it,” she said. “They’re connecting with it in a way that’s tactile, that’s in their lives, that stimulates different parts of their brain, different part of their soul.”
Top of the Lake: China Girl premieres on September on Sundance TV, while Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th. Game of Thrones is currently airing on HBO.