Courtesy of EW, here is a still at Winterfell from behind the scenes of Game of Thrones Season 7.
“The women are rocking this season — and I’m not just saying that because they’re on your cover,” says HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) always does, but also Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), Arya (Maisie Williams), Sansa (Sophie Turner), Cersei (Lena Headey), Margaery (Natalie Dormer), and other characters too, like Yara (Gemma Whelan). They power this season. It’s organic to the storytelling, yet a radical shift. It’s the women that are the hope that we’re watching as the chess pieces move this season, and it’s very exciting.”
TIME – “The moment you meet BB-8, you build up some form of weird human connection,” says Marco Grob, who photographed the new Star Wars character for this week’s TIME cover. “It has one eye that has this really cute way of looking at you. It’s just incredible.”
“For me, Star Wars is much more than only a film,” Grob says. “Star Wars is hundreds of people who try to push the envelope. People who take enormous risks in creative and in technical aspects. They try to do things we’ve never seen before in a way nobody would have imagined to ever see before. And for me, it’s incredible.”
Grob says he didn’t get to see The Force Awakens before his sessions with the new members of the cast. In fact, he didn’t even watch the film’s popular trailers. “Sometimes it’s good not to know too much,” he says. “I wanted to have a feel on its own, to kind of do my own thing [instead of] being influenced by anything I would have seen.”
The Force Awakens may take place 30 years after the Battle of Endor, but things don’t seem all that different when it comes to good and evil. The Rebel Alliance and Empire have been replaced by the Resistance and First Order and the galaxy is still full of nefarious big bads. Cue Gwendoline Christie’s ‘Chrometrooper’, Captain Phasma, who definitely doesn’t appear to suffer fools gladly, as evidenced by this new image.
We don’t know where Phasma sits on the evil scale between Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux and Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader Snoke or how much screen time she will have, but in terms of scoring cool points, Phasma is head and shiny shoulders above the competition.
For an in-depth interview with Christie and more Star Wars snippets, be sure to pick up our Force Awakens special which hits shelves on November 26. The Force Awakens flies into UK cinemas on December 17 and US screens the next day.
“I wish I could say to you, ‘Oh, but of course, the entire thing was designed specifically for me,’” says Gwendoline Christie. “If only that were true — if only!” It turns out, Captain Phasma was tailored just for her. The chrome-plated trooper originated as a design for Kylo Ren, but then J.J. Abrams was inspired to create a new character. “I just thought it would be really cool if we could find someone to play the part who was female, and I’m a fan of Game of Thrones; Gwendoline is in that show, [The Force Awakens casting director] Nina Gold casts it, she knew Gwendoline, obviously,” he says. “We were very lucky to get to have her in the movie. She’s not in many scenes, but her presence is powerfully felt when she’s there.”
Ahead of tomorrow’s brand new trailer, Lucasfilm has unleashed a brand new poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens featuring our first official look at Princess Leia and what appears to be a planet sized Death Star. You’re definitely gonna want this one on your wall…
Starring original cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and franchise newcomers, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o and Max von Sydow, Star Wars Episode VII is set to be released on December 18th, 2015. Are you excited?
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I love this shoot already! She doesn’t need armor and a sword to slay!
Hopefully I can find the rest of the shoot and the magazine scans to share very soon.
First Game of Thrones, now Star Wars — Gwendoline Christie swaps shoes and scoffs scrambled eggs with AA Gill
“I want my eggs scrambled!” Gwendoline barked down the phone cosily, with the demanding emphasis on “want” and “scrambled”. The next morning, she’s at my door, towing a pink suitcase big enough to keep a dismembered body in.
God, this is heavy. What have you got in it? “Oh, you really, really don’t want to know,” she says with conspiratorial menace, and stalks into the kitchen. She’s come from Northern Ireland, where they’ve been filming the next season of Game of Thrones. “I’ve been fighting for three whole days, three entire days without ceasing or desisting. Really vicious, vicious, up-close, thuggish fighting.” Who with? “I can’t tell you. I could, but I’d have to maim you.” Who won? “Again, it would be the last thing you ever knew.”
If you’ve seen Gwendoline Christie, 36, as Brienne of Tarty (predictive spelling), the lance lady, the double-handed knight-cracker with the searingly solemn demeanour, then you won’t have seen what is, in fact, her defining characteristic. And if you watch, as you undoubtedly will, her role in the new Star Wars film, in which she plays “I would tell you, but I’d have to lightsaber your gizzards out”, you probably won’t see it, either, because she’s a baddie. Gwendoline’s most expressive mannerism, the act that dwarfs — and I use the word with judgment — all her other accomplishments, is her laugh.
Laugh is too small and commonplace a word for what happens to Gwendoline in the grip of mirth. Everyone has a laugh of some sort, but they are mere snippets and giggles compared with the gurning Tourette’s, the exoplasmic expression of lunatic amusement, the plosive animal opera that is exorcised out of Gwendoline’s maw. People who have met her won’t say, when asked to describe her: “Oh, the etiolated thespian with the looks of a vengeful goddess and the body of a Spartan’s sweaty dream.” No, they’ll say: “The girl with the laugh.”