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Gwendoline Christie Tells Us If Captain Phasma Is Worthy of Boba Fett Comparisons

IO9 – The armor is intimidating and awesome. The character, evil and mysterious. It’s no wonder Gwendoline Christie’s First Order stormtrooper Captain Phasma became a fan favorite long before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters next week.

 

It’s a narrative many might remember from the late 1970s, when a similarly striking Star Wars character was introduced: Boba Fett. So, when we spoke to Gwendoline Christie about playing Captain Phasma last weekend, we asked her how she felt about the comparisons to arguably the most popular and recognizable Star Wars side character.

 

I think that’s fantastic. I mean, I think that Captain Phasma in this movie is a Boba Fett style character in that she is not at the forefront of the action. But she makes a huge impact. And I’m just so grateful to play a character that could possibly ever have that kind of comparison.

 

Besides the allegiance and mystery, the obvious reason for the comparisons are the armors. Boba Fett and Captain Phasma are both in head-to-toe beautifully designed armor, and it was a big deal when Christie first saw it.

 

So exciting. Michael Kaplan, the costume designer—I have been a fan of for a long time. Since I first saw Blade Runner. And I was super excited when I learned that he was working on this movie. So it was no surprise to me that the costumes would be spectacular. But I never expected to get the opportunity to play a character who looked so awesome. I really, really didn’t. And I was told what the character would look like, what she would be wearing. And I was told we’re going to do a costume fitting. But when I walked into the room, I just knew this was spectacular and there was something so striking about this. Something that felt very special. And it was so much fun to put it on for the first time.

 

I’d never dressed up as a Stormtrooper before. And that was really, really fun. But it was very empowering. The costume, because it’s so high functioning, inflexible, imposing, that gives you the actor a lot of qualities immediately to work with.

 

Minor spoilers follow.

 

And while Phasma isn’t in the forefront in this film, according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, that won’t be the case moving ahead. When asked about this spoilery statement from the lady in charge, Christie would only say, “I have been told that by journalists.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Gwendoline In-Depth on the Honor of Playing Captain Phasma

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COMIC BOOK – Captain Phasma, the “chrome trooper” leader in the villainous First Order, is already a breakout star. Villains in the Star Wars universe have typically been hits with fans, but it seems this one, from the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has something special.

 

Disney and its partners have noticed that, too. The top two characters when it comes to accessories, toys, and apparel, are BB-8, the adorable droid, and Phasma. This is all despite the fact that so far we have a total of about 20 seconds (if that) of footage featuring the imposing figure. Action figures, mugs, voice-changing helmets, t-shirts, dresses, statues, pins, and more collectibles are on the market now, with more on the way soon.

 

At 6’3″, actress Gwendoline Christie is no small part of that early success. Bringing the first female villain in a live-action Star Wars adventure to screen is a daunting task, but Christie is much less nervous than she is excited. She uses words like “delighted,” “wonderful,” “sensational,” and said that even while filming, she was “a fan, desperate to see this movie.”

 

Christie sat down with ComicBook.com for a one-on-one interview in a quiet, low-lit room in Los Angeles during the global press day for The Force Awakens. Sitting on a plush white leather couch, the first thing you notice about her is the opposite of Captain Phasma. Where the latter is clad head-to-toe in chrome armor, carrying herself as an imposing figure you instantly know is a leader, Christie herself portrays a different form of confidence. Hers is instantly inspiring and inviting, and with a genuine smile and delightful eye contact, she welcomed and thanked me for coming, as if I was the one doing her the favor.

 

Presented in full, then, is the transcript of our conversation about all things Star Wars: The Force Awakens, from her first reading of the script in a locked room in Pinewood Studios, to the impact her character is already having on an as-yet underserved female Star Wars fanbase.

 

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Gwendoline, the way Captain Phasma has stolen the hearts of people so quickly here, we’ve seen so little of her, but there are already toys and shirts and accessories – what’s that been like for you, seeing the character take off with people right away?

 

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The new acting force behind The Force Awakens

IRISH TIMES – Reboot king JJ Abrams is diversifying the Star Wars universe… Gwendoline Christie, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega on finding new hope in a galaxy far, far away

 

Two months ago, when a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered during an American football game on ESPN, fans and curious newcomers reacted with predictable fervour: Ooh, Mark Hamill is still a no-show; has he gone over to the Dark Side?

 

Sadly, the subsequent jubilation on social media platforms was somewhat marred by the nasty little hashtag #Boycott StarWarsVII. For the unlovely architects of this slogan, the appearance of London-born actor John Boyega in the new film was evidence of #whitegenocide and “cultural misappropriation”.

 

Conspiracy theories took note that JJ Abrams, the talent behind the Star Wars reboot, was both Jewish and a “known” Obama supporter. “It’s just Black Lives Matter in Space” shouted one protester into the echo chamber. A petition was duly circulated.

 

Normal folks everywhere, by way of response, sighed or face-palmed before moving on to the next tale of internet crazies: What do you mean, Mad Max: Fury Road has been taken over by the bloody wimmin? #whitemaleextinction.
Ire, in the information age, is hardly novel. But one does have to wonder how deeply buried is the rock that these malcontents are living under. Surely they can’t have failed to notice before now that Darth Vader is voiced by James Earl Jones and Mace Windu is essayed by Samuel L Jackson?

 

Have they seen any work by The Force Awakens director before? Abrams, who scored his first major TV hit with the female-centric Felicity, may have occasionally attracted flak for being too fast and furious with his exciting but unphilosophical Star Trek films or for being overly Spielbergian with Super 8. But no one has ever watched his TV shows and movies and complained that they were insufficiently politically correct.

 

And so Star Wars: The Force Awakens marks a genuine New Hope: a galaxy far, far away where imprisoned, underdressed princesses don’t end up providing ill-defined services to Jabba the Hut.

 

Just ask Gwendoline Christie, who plays Captain Phasma, a role that was originally written for a man but was gender- swapped to facilitate more equitable representation and to make room for the rather wonderful Christie. The actor, by now, is well-accustomed to androgynous military women, having spent several seasons in armour as Game of Thrones’ Brienne of Tarth and having lately stepped out as Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

 

“In film and television, there’s a long tradition of non-essential women,” says Christie. “Being in Game of Thrones, where you are surrounded by well-rounded, brilliant female characters, has taught me a lot.”

 

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‘I’m not sure I’ll Ever Stop Screaming About It’

NMEIn less than a week, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be out. It’s actually happening. NME met some of the film’s lead actors to chat droids, the Millennium Falcon and Episode VIII. Here’s the third Q&A with Gwendoline Christie, who plays Captain Phasma in the new film.

 

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Captain Phasma in brief: Very little is known about Captain Phasma, with both the producers and Christie remaining tight-lipped about the character. However, we do know that Phasma is a commander in the First Order and in the trailers she is often seen in the company of villain Kylo Ren, making her the franchise’s first major female villain. Exciting stuff.

 

Quite a year you’re having, with Game Of Thrones, the fourth Hunger Games film and now Star Wars.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens World Premiere Red Carpet Will Stream Live

COMIC BOOK – As sister company Marvel Studios has done for their last few releases, fellow Disney studio Lucasfilm will live stream the world premiere red carpet of their first feature film under the Mouse’s umbrella. When Star Wars: The Force Awakens has its big debut on December 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, fans at home can witness all the fun of step-and-repeat interviews and awkwardly trying to get someone’s attention to ask them about their favorite Star Wars line.

 

The event starts at 5:30pm PST on December 14, and will be hosted by Andi Gutierrez, Anthony Carboni, and David Collins. Gutierrez hosts the excellent Rebels Recon after-show, and is often responsible for those viral Star Wars social media responses everyone loves. Collins is a voice actor, former LucasArts sound designer, and frequent host of Star Wars Celebration. Carboni has hosted youtube shows for more nerdy companies than he hasn’t at this point, most notably in this case, the marathon unboxing of The Force Awakens toys alongside Gutierrez. As far as a team for one of these events goes, this is about as well-versed a Star Wars crew as you can find.

 

Check out the premiere red carpet at StarWars.com, and feel the hype calling to you, then just let it in.

This Major Female Villain in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Was Originally a Man

VULTURE – As an actress, Gwendoline Christie is used to keeping secrets — she is, after all, Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, meaning she knows a lot more than you do about whether Jon Snow is alive or dead. Her striking six-foot-three frame and sympathetic onscreen presence have gotten Christie cast in a range of major sci-fi and fantasy franchises like The Hunger Games and Star Wars, but when talking with the press for those highly anticipated projects, she’s usually not allowed to say much about her characters for fear of inadvertently spoiling something.

 

When I sat down with Christie yesterday to discuss Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then, she surely wasn’t expecting to make any news. The film, which features her as chrome-polished Stormtrooper baddie Captain Phasma, hasn’t screened for press yet, and what little is known about her character has been carefully parceled out by director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan.

 

But what neither of us were counting on is that just before I met up with her, I’d managed to extract a scoop from Kasdan that was so secret, even Christie herself didn’t know about it: Captain Phasma, who’s set to make Star Wars history as the big-screen franchise’s first female villain, was originally conceived as a man.

 

“Really?” Christie said, her mouth dropping open. We were perched on two white couches in one of the cavernous conference rooms at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and she immediately hopped towards me, giddy about the revelation. “No. No!” she said, laughing in disbelief. “It’s so interesting, because I’m really uncovering more about this film from people like you than I knew before! Please just tell me everything he said!”

 

I happily obliged her: Kasdan had just recounted the whirlwind process of writing The Force Awakens, where he came onboard after a script from original writer Michael Arndt had been thrown out. Hundreds of people had already begun working on the film, and time was of the essence: All these top-tier technicians would be marooned without a compelling document to guide them.

 

“We were just casting about for all the characters,” said Kasdan, who conceived with Abrams a set of new, younger adventurers that would become entangled with old-guard Star Wars figures like Han Solo and Princess Leia. “I mean, we were making them up at that moment, as costuming and everything else was happening! It’s not like there was a finished script sitting around for months.”

 

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Gwendoline and the rest of her Star Wars castmates did a lovely photoshoot this weekend. Thanks so much to Steph @ IHeartJake for the HQ photos and to Lora at Daisy-Ridley.net for the scans of XL Semanal. If you repost them, please make sure you create the site.

 

 

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Cast and crew say secrecy behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens is for the fans

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ARS TECHNICA —The release of Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens is less than two weeks away, and while we still don’t know a lot about the plot, we do know who the new and old characters are in this seventh film in the series. On Sunday, we were introduced in person to a few of the actors who have important roles.

 

Ars was invited to a Star Wars media event featuring the cast and crew. And inside the event venue, Disney’s presence was very apparent: they asked members of the media if they wanted a “dark side” or “light side” wristband upon entrance (we picked light because it felt like a political decision), and there was an opportunity to pose for a photo with R2D2 and C-3PO. Merchandise for the film was on display, and attendees could test the Disney Infinity Star Wars video game or see short videos in VR on Google Cardboard. It felt like you were inside a store in Tomorrowland at Disneyland.

 

The big draw was a press conference cast and crew hosted by Mindy Kaling (who is also involved with Disney after she voiced a character in Pixar’s Inside Out). So many important Star Wars folks were in attendance that the evening offered two panels of Episode VII chatter. The first group included Carrie Fisher (reprising her rose as Leia), Daisy Ridley (as lead character Rey), Lupita Nyong’o (who plays alien Maz Kanata), Adam Driver (he’s Kylo Ren, the one with the cross lightsaber in the trailer), director J.J. Abrams, and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan.

 

The second panel included Harrison Ford (Han Solo forever), Oscar Isaac (who plays Resistance pilot Poe Dameron), John Boyega (who plays Finn, another lead character), Gwendoline Christie (villain Captain Phasma), and Lucasfilm’s president Kathleen Kennedy. Noticeably absent from the press conference was Mark Hamill (who we also don’t see in the trailers for the film—at least his face—but he’s definitely returning as Luke Skywalker) and George Lucas, making it clear that Episode VII marks a whole new franchise.

 

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Nobody knows nuthin’: Super secrecy surrounds new ‘Star Wars’ plot

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REUTERS — When actress Lupita Nyong’o showed up on the set of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” many of her co-stars did not know what role she was playing.

 

Newcomer Daisy Ridley was sworn to secrecy for three months that she had even been cast in the film. And with a week to go before the world premiere Dec. 14, some of the actors have not yet seen “The Force Awakens.”

 

“I was in scenes in which some of the characters I was working with did not know who I was,” Nyong’o, who it is now known plays pirate Maz Kanata, told Reuters. “That’s how secretive it was.”

 

Aside from broad character outlines, details are being kept tightly under wraps, prompting endless online speculation by fans eager to see the saga’s first film installment in a decade.

 

Walt Disney Co, which took over “Star Wars” with its 2012 purchase of Lucasfilm, scrapped the typical Hollywood practice of screening the movie for reporters before they speak with the cast. The stars revealed little in interviews, declining to answer even basic questions.

 

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‘Conan’ Devoted To ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Cast & Director On December 17

DEADLINE – Conan O’Brien will welcome the cast and director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Thursday, December 17, the night previews begin for the movie. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie, along with director J.J. Abrams, will appear together on that night’s episode of Conan O’Brien’s TBS late-night show.

 

It will mark the ninth time Conan has featured the cast from a TV series or movie, which the show this morning boasted makes it the “leader” in such programming stunts. Conan previously has welcomed the casts of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and X-Men: Apocalypse, as well as the TV’s Game Of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Orange Is The New Black, Sons Of Anarchy and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

 

Those stunts goose ratings on late-night shows. In late November ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live devoted a night to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and clocked 3.29 million viewers – the show’s fourth-largest Monday audience ever in late night. Catering to the franchise’s rabid fans, JKL that night hosted Abrams, Fisher, Ridley, Driver and Boyega. During that broadcast, Abrams revealed that the seventh film in the Star Wars canon would begin with the word “this.” And a 20-second clip from the film was shown.

 

In the demo that night, JKL drew 1.06 million viewers – the franchise’s best demo performance on the night since March 10, 2014. (NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon logged 3.97M viewers and 1.42M demo viewers, and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert copped 2.298M viewers and 609K demo viewers.)

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Who’s the Real Bad Guy in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

PEOPLE – In the original Star Wars trilogy, the good guys and the bad guys were very clear. On the light side were Luke Skywalker and friends. On the dark side were Darth Vader and his boss, the Emperor. But in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, some of those lines may be blurred.

 

Here’s what the actors say about their evil alter egos.

 

Adam Driver, best known as the peculiar boyfriend on HBO’s Girls, plays Kylo Ren, a black-masked knight with a fiery red lightsaber who vows to “finish” what Darth Vader started. “We didn’t really have a lot of conversations about bad or evil, actually, when we were shooting it,” Driver said at the San Diego Comic-Con. “It was more what do you think is the difference between being bad and being right, which I think is a huge difference … That’s almost more evil, a group of people who decide that they’re morally justified for behaving a certain way. That’s how we kind of approached it and less like a bad person.”

 

Gwendoline Christie, the towering knight in HBO’s Game of Thrones, is inside the chrome armor of Captain Phasma, commanding a legion of Stormtroopers for what’s left of the Empire, now called the First Order. “She is a Boba Fett-style character, striking and in command but not at the very forefront of the action always,” Christie says, comparing Phasma to the beloved bounty hunter from the original trilogy. “Other than that, all I can say is that she is badass.”

 

Domhnall Gleeson, formerly the brave older brother to Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, is General Hux, leader of the First Order’s Starkiller Base, which seems like the next generation of the Death Star. “I think General Hux would just like a little bit more order in the universe,” he said, understating the character’s obsession with power as he jockeys against Kylo Ren. “Whatever it takes is where he’s at.”

 

Andy Serkis, the master of CGI characters from Gollum to King Kong, plays the still-unseen Supreme Leader Snoke who has scenes with Kylo Ren. “All I can say is that I’m involved in it,” he has said. But Neal Scanlan, chief of creature and droid effects, told PEOPLE, “This character is much better executed as a CGI character. That’s just a practical reality when he’s 7-foot-something tall; he’s very, very thin.”