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Press: The Last Jedi: Will Captain Phasma Finally Get Her Due?

CBR – The latest Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released late Monday night, and as fans hoped, it included many, many new details about the highly-anticipated sequel. It offered us glimpses at a dark turn for many characters as they embark on the next chapter of their respective journeys, without mentioning many new locales, aliens and spaceships. In a trailer that was already quite filled with intrigue, we received what appears to be genuine confirmation that Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma will get a proper chance to shine.

 

Though she’s not in the trailer for very long, what little we did see promises a showdown between the chrome-clad Captain and her former underling Stormtrooper, Finn — a showdown John Boyega himself hyped shortly thereafter via Twitter. The Force Awakens neatly established a relationship between the two, a boss/employee rivalry that was spurred by FN-2187 defecting to the Resistance where he secured a name and identity for himself outside of the white and black armor. With Finn having left Phasma trapped in a trash compactor to die, she has more than enough reason to want him dead, and it looks like The Last Jedi is set to take that boiling feud even further by having the two face-off in combat.

 

Before The Force Awakens was released, fans were excited about the prospect of Captain Phasma being the franchise’s next breakout villain. The design of her costume, from the chrome to the cape, made her instantly stand out, and she looked set to have a big role in the film as one of its main antagonists — a strong and fearful female presence. But while we did see quite a bit of her in the film, it turns out she didn’t have the presence many had hoped she would. In fact, with so much happening in Episode VII, Phasma didn’t get the chance to raise her rifle, her fists or even her voice. Her introduction was so lackluster, some fans even feared she had been killed off-screen in the destruction of the Starkiller base.

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Press: “Phasma” Excerpt: The First Order Captain’s Journey Begins

StarWars.com READ AN EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FROM THE UPCOMING NOVEL IN WHICH PHASMA FIRST ENCOUNTERS THE FIRST ORDER.

 

Soon, Star Wars fans will see the rise of a legend.

 

Delilah S. Dawson’s novel Phasma, coming on Force Friday II, September 1, as part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi publishing program, will chart the journey of the deadly First Order captain. StarWars.com is excited to release a special excerpt from the book, offering our first glimpse at Phasma’s desolate homeworld of Parnassos and her initial encounter with the First Order.

 

Phasma and her warriors began making preparations the moment they saw the explosion high overhead. As the ship’s remains streaked across the sky, Phasma tracked it with her quadnocs, taking careful note of the direction in which it fell. At the very least, ships like this could be pillaged; at most, there was always a hope that they could be salvaged and used to get offplanet. No one alive had seen such ships do anything but fall and crash, but they were evidence of the larger galaxy beyond Parnassos, of a future that had been denied them. It was painful, living on such a treacherous planet with so many re­minders of the ease and technology that had once been taken for granted. At the very least, there would be metal, tech, clothes, medi­cines, food, and possibly working blasters scattered around what was left of the ship. These were the greatest riches in Phasma’s world.

 

But they had to hurry. Other groups in other territories would also be watching and preparing for the journey. Falling stars, as they called them, were rare, and this ship was the shiniest thing the Scyre had ever seen—so bright that they had to shield their eyes as it ar­rowed down toward the planet. Part of the ship popped off and floated down separately, headed for the area where the Scyre lands bordered the enemy Claw clan’s, which made it all the more impor­tant to hurry.

 

The journey was not easy, for no journeys on Parnassos are. The Scyre territory was mostly spires of black rock, jagged cliffs, ledges, caves, and occasional tide pools when the ocean was at its lowest. Within their accustomed living area, they maintained a series of ziplines, rope bridges, tethers, nets, and hammocks, and even the least nimble Scyre member could get from place to place without too much trouble. But beyond their nesting place, along their border with the Claw, the terrain grew even more dangerous. The bridges weren’t sturdy, and one never knew when a support spike might be rusted through or a stone spire crumbling away to nothing. Phasma’s warriors were lucky that the ship had crashed during a time of low tides, so they were able to traverse the terrain far more easily than if the tides had been high, not to mention that during high tide, the ship might’ve been swallowed by the sea—or a monster in it.
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Press: 5 Things We Just Learned About Captain Phasma’s Backstory

/FILM – It’s clear to everyone who watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens that Captain Phasma – the chrome-armored First Order officer played by Game of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie – got the shaft in that movie. And I mean that metaphorically as well as literally: not only was she barely in the film, but the last we saw of the character, she was being unceremoniously dumped into a garbage chute.

 

We’ll find out how she escaped that unfortunate situation in an upcoming Marvel comic series, but let’s take a quick look at how she came to be such a fierce warrior fighting for the First Order to begin with. A Star Wars novel fills in much of Captain Phasma’s backstory, and a new excerpt has provided us with some insight into Phasma’s origins.

 

StarWars.com has published an excerpt from author Delilah S. Dawson‘s forthcoming novel Phasma, which hits shelves on September 1, 2017. (That’s Force Friday II, for the Star Wars diehards among you.) You can read the whole excerpt there, but here are five things about Captain Phasma’s backstory that are worth pointing out.

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Press/Video: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Stars Try To Be Funny With Help From ‘Sesame Street’

HUFFINGTON POST – They say laughter is the best medicine. Indeed, during dark or difficult times, it can be therapeutic to take a little break for lightness and fun.

 

In August, “Sesame Street” launched Elmo’s #ShareTheLaughter challenge to spread kindness and joy in the world.

 

The challenge is simple: Tell a funny joke to your friends and family and then encourage them to share their own.

 

Over the past week, “Sesame Street” has been posting funny videos of cast members heeding Elmo’s challenge. Several other familiar faces also joined in the fun, including “Game of Thrones” favorites Kit Harington and Gwendoline Christie.

 

Kit’s is on YouTube as well.

Press: : How Gwendoline Christie and Rian Johnson Developed Captain Phasma’s Backstory

IGN – Captain Phasma is a Star Wars character who didn’t get explored to great depth in The Force Awakens, but one who fans will get to learn much more about in the coming months. In addition to the December release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the chrome Stormtrooper will be at the center of an upcoming companion novel, Phasma, and a comic book series — and no one is more excited about this than Gwendoline Christie.

 

IGN had the chance to sit down with Christie at the summer 2017 TV Critics’ Association press tour while she was promoting her role in Top of the Lake: China Girl, and she was bursting with excitement about the upcoming releases which will explore her Star Wars character more. She hasn’t had the chance to read the novel or comics yet — “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?'”

 

Captain Phasma was one of the most anticipated and popular new characters to be introduced in The Force Awakens, in no small part because of Christie and her Game of Thrones fame. When speaking about the role Phasma has to play in The Last Jedi, Christie said she and director/writer Rian Johnson worked together to develop her character’s backstory and what her motivations are.

 

“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.”

 

Though Phasma’s backstory didn’t get explored in The Force Awakens, Christie said she develops her character’s origin and motivations regardless of who she’s playing, be it a captain of the First Order or Brienne of Tarth or Miranda in Top of the Lake: China Girl.

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Gwendoline Christie Says Game of Thrones Is About to Get Really Intense

 
ELLE – According the new Game of Thrones trailer, “The great war is here.” Well, not quite—the HBO show won’t return until July 16. Luckily, we ran into Gwendoline Christie at the Cannes Film Festival, and she gave us a few tidbits to keep us going.

 

“Season seven is where things really start to heat up,” Christie said, “and you start to see unlikely combinations, unlikely attitudes, and unlikely acts.” She also confessed she’s having a hard time with the show coming to an end sometime soon. “I’m not really dealing with it,” she said, laughing. “I mean, we all know with GoT that, each season, part of the fun is you don’t know what characters are going to live or die.” We sure hope she isn’t hinting that our beloved warrior Brienne of Tarth might get the hatchet.

 

The actress also confirmed that there will be another season after this one, so there’s hope she’ll last long enough for that. “I believe there will be an eighth season,” she said, “and what I will say is I have loved the experience of working on that show…I’ve made some wonderful friendships out of it, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep those.”

 

Christie is in Cannes to promote her new show, the second season of Top of the Lake, which costars Elisabeth Moss, as detective Robin Griffin, and Nicole Kidman. The first season was set in New Zealand, but this time around the action has moved to Sydney, and there’s a whole new mystery to solve. Christie plays Griffin’s police partner, Miranda, who is nothing like the immovable, confident Brienne of GoT or Christie’s Star Wars character, Captain Phasma. Instead, Miranda’s a slightly unhinged fangirl type who seems a bit lost. “She’s struggling with everything,” Christie said. “She’s struggling with life, and not being very good at anything at all, and that interested me.”
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Unlike Us, Gwendoline Is Okay Not Knowing If Brienne Lives Or Dies On Game Of Thrones

 

REFINERY29 – With a role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Top of the Lake: China Girl (alongside Elisabeth Moss and Nicole Kidman), Gwendoline Christie definitely has a career beyond her iconic role as Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s Game of Thrones — but that doesn’t mean she still isn’t totally crushed over the ending of the series. With only two (brief) seasons between us and the end, Christie shares our heartbroken sentiments, telling Elle.com, “I’m not really dealing with it,” while at Cannes Film Festival promoting Top of the Lake.

 

But beyond her not coming to terms with the show wrapping (tbh, same), she sounds pretty chill with the idea of Brienne dying, citing the mystery as part of the fun. “I mean we all know with GoT that, each season, part of the fun is you don’t know what characters are going to live or die.” She elaborated: “Season seven is where things really start to hot up, and you start to see unlikely combinations, unlikely attitudes, and unlikely acts.”

 
“What I will say is I have loved the experience of working on that show,” she continued, “I’ve made some wonderful friendships out of it, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep those.”

 

In addition to her everlasting friendships, the actress hopes that her empowering character will be a model for future female roles. “What I’m thrilled about from GoT is that people have connected with me – all sorts of people – and said, ‘I love your character and I feel some of her in me.’ Male, female, whatever shape, size, anything they might be.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Definitive Preview

VANITY FAIR – Star Wars devotees who can’t wait for December need look no further. With exclusive access to writer-director Rian Johnson, plus interviews with Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, and others, V.F. presents the ultimate sneak peek at The Last Jedi—and Carrie Fisher’s lasting legacy.

 

I. “We’re Going Back?”

 

The first trip to Skellig Michael was wondrous: an hour-long boat ride to a craggy, green island off the coast of Ireland’s County Kerry, and then a hike up hundreds of stone steps to a scenic cliff where, a thousand years earlier, medieval Christian monks had paced and prayed. This is where Mark Hamill reprised his role as Luke Skywalker for the first time since 1983, standing opposite Daisy Ridley, whose character, Rey, was the protagonist of The Force Awakens, J. J. Abrams’s resumption of George Lucas’s Star Wars movie saga. The opening sentence of the film’s scrolling-text “crawl,” a hallmark of the series, was “Luke Skywalker has vanished.” Atop Skellig Michael, at the picture’s very end, after an arduous journey by Rey, came the big payoff: a cloaked, solitary figure unhooding himself to reveal an older, bearded Luke, who wordlessly, inscrutably regarded the tremulous Rey as she presented to him the lightsaber he had lost (along with his right hand) in a long-ago duel with Darth Vader, his father turned adversary. It was movie magic: a scene that, though filmed in 2014 and presented in theaters in 2015, is already etched in cinematic history.

 

The second trip to Skellig Michael? Maybe less of a thrill for an aging Jedi. Contrary to what one might have reasonably expected, that Abrams would have kept rolling in ’14, recording some dialogue between Luke and Rey in order to get a jump on the saga’s next installment—especially given that Skellig Michael is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with access limited to the summer months, and only when the weather is cooperative—once Hamill and Ridley had nailed their epic staredown, that was a wrap. It fell to Abrams’s successor, Rian Johnson, the director of The Last Jedi, the eighth movie in the saga, which opens this December, to painstakingly re-stage the clifftop scene, with the two actors retaking their places more than a year later.

 

“When I read the script for Episode VIII, I went, ‘Oh my God, we’re going back?’ Because I said I was never going back,” Hamill told me when I sat down with him recently at his home in Malibu. He wondered, in vain, if they could drop him in by chopper this time, “which is so clueless of me, because there’s no landing pad, and it would mar the beauty of it all,” he said. Hamill is a youthful 65 but a sexagenarian nevertheless; whereas the fit young members of the crew were given 45 minutes to get up to the now iconic Rey-Luke meeting spot—carrying heavy equipment—Hamill was allotted an hour and a half, “and I had to stop every 10, 15 minutes to rest.”

 

None of this was offered up in the form of complaint. Hamill just happens to be a rambling, expansive talker—in his own way, as endearingly offbeat a character as his friend and on-screen twin sister, Carrie Fisher, who passed away suddenly and tragically last December. Like Fisher, Hamill was put on a diet-and-exercise regimen after he was reconscripted into the Star Wars franchise. (Harrison Ford was under less obligation, having retained his leading-man shape because he never stopped being a leading man.) Over a spartan snack plate of carrot sticks and hummus, the man behind Luke held forth at length on this subject.

 

“You just cut out all the things you love,” he said. “Something as basic as bread and butter, which I used to start every meal with. Sugar. No more candy bars. No more stops at In-N-Out. It’s really just a general awareness, because in the old days I’d go, ‘Well, I’m not that hungry, but oh, here’s a box of Wheat Thins,’ and you don’t put the Wheat Thins in the same category as Lay’s potato chips, and yet I would sort of idly, absentmindedly eat these things while watching Turner Classic Movies, and ‘Oh, I ate the whole box!’ ”

 

Hamill had been dieting and training for 50 weeks before he learned, via the Episode VII script he finally received from Abrams, that he would not appear in the movie until its last scene, and in a nonspeaking part at that. On this, too, he has a lot of thoughts. Though he grants that the delayed-gratification reveal of Luke was a narrative masterstroke, he’d have done things differently if he’d had his druthers. Han Solo’s death scene, for example. Why couldn’t Luke have made his first appearance around then? In the finished film, the witnesses to Han’s death, at the hands of his own son, the brooding dark-side convert Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), are his longtime Wookiee co-pilot, Chewbacca, and the upstart Resistance fighters Rey and Finn (John Boyega).

 

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See the Cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Four Exclusive Vanity Fair Covers

VANITY FAIR – As the Star Wars franchise prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary this week, the next chapter in its saga will be very much front and center, thanks to a bountiful new shoot from the set of Episode VIII, The Last Jedi, by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair. The relationship between Vanity Fair and Star Wars stretches back long ago and far, far away to when Leibovitz captured the cast of The Phantom Menace for the series’s return in 1999. The magazine has gone on to document each of the subsequent Star Wars episodes, including 2015’s blockbuster The Force Awakens.

 

Today, Vanity Fair debuts the cast of its follow-up, The Last Jedi, on four different covers, marking the first time we’ve released alternate Star Wars covers. Leibovitz’s full portfolio will be online Wednesday, along with our story on the making of the new film, written by David Kamp. The Summer issue of Vanity Fair will be on newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on June 1, and nationally on June 6. Readers in search of the full Vanity Fair-Star Wars experience, including all four covers, a commemorative poster, and early access, on May 24, to our digital editions, with lightsaber effects by Industrial Light & Magic, can purchase here.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: New Photos Preview the Next War for Westeros

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Good guys rarely win when playing the Game of Thrones, but perhaps they’re in for a reversal of fortune when winter resumes this summer.

 

At the very least, some forces of good are starting to align in brand-new photos from the seventh season of Game of Thrones. The photos, released Thursday by HBO, show Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) wearing new garb as they step into their respective roles as leaders — Jon being the King in the North, and Dany being the would-be Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. What’s more, Dany’s entire squad appears to be clad in similar attire, boasting a scale-like texture that resembles the ferocious dragons of House Targaryen.

 

Fashion updates aside, we’re really just at the tip of the iceberg as far as what’s revealed in the new photos. For instance, more Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) sharing screen time? And more Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey), Lady of Bear Island? Nobody’s complaining about that.

 

As a reminder for people who haven’t checked in on Thrones since it ended its sixth season last summer, a quick refresher course: The denizens of the Seven Kingdoms are at a breaking point, especially the ones who live in King’s Landing. The season six finale featured Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) enacting explosive vengeance on her worst enemies, leveling the Sept of Baelor and burning untold innocents alive with wildfire, purely to destroy a select few. Cersei’s final child, King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman), committed suicide shortly thereafter, leaving Cersei with a seat on the Iron Throne, and leaving her with the distinct taste of ash in her mouth.

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