Press: Rian Johnson’s Parting Porg Gift, Lightsaber Bruises, and More From the Cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

SYFY – The full press push for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now at full hyperspace, with director Rian Johnson and the cast appearing almost everywhere as we inch closer to the film’s release on December 15th.

 

Rian Johnson gathered together with cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Laura Dern (Amilyn Holdo), John Boyega (Finn), and Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma) for a Facebook Live event, and the gang passed around an upturned stormtrooper helmet full of questions. Here are some of the best responses!

 

On which cast member is the funniest: John Boyega was quick to say BB-8, and the others quickly agreed. Hamill joked that if his beeps are translated, “he kills it every time.”

 

On which cast member has the best pet: Boyega again jumped in and declared that his British Nigerian cat was the best of the bunch. When Hamill brought up the fact that his own daughter’s dog, Millie, has over 19,000 instagram followers, Boyega came back at him with a response for the ages– “My cat doesn’t need followers, cause he’s got self-esteem.”

 

Does the cast ever think of stealing BB-8? Most of them do, but this is when Rian Johnson dropped a porg-bomb on the porg-ceedings. When one of the actors mentioned stealing a porg, Johnson said that he doesn’t need to do that, because master craftsman Neil Scanlan gave him a fully functional porg replica as a wrap gift. The rest of the cast instantly came down with a big case of porg envy.

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Press: Warrior woman: How Gwendoline Christie escaped the pressure to fit in

 

The Sydney Morning Herald – I arrive early at the LA hotel where I’m meeting Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie, and my first impression of the actor is formed in a millisecond when I bump into her in a hallway. Unusually and ethereally beautiful, towering above me, there’s no mistaking the 39-year-old who stars as the indomitable Brienne of Tarth in the must-watch TV series, and who is reprising her role as the villainous Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (She first played the kickass stormtrooper in the previous chapter, 2015’s The Force Awakens.)

 

Wearing a see-though black Fendi top and narrow trousers, her blonde hair is wavy and bobbed. With her porcelain skin and 191-centimetre stature, she could easily look intimidating. But her bright smile makes her approachable, so I tell her, in an embarrassing babble, that I love her work and that my two daughters are huge fans. She seems delighted, as though compliments are not at all commonplace.

 

Is she enjoying Hollywood stardom? “I don’t think I would ever term myself as a Hollywood star… ever,” she responds with a loud laugh, while admitting that “things seem to be going quite well”. That sounds like an understatement. “Well it’s always great, isn’t it, when you feel a level of creative fulfilment in your work?” says Gwendoline in her lovely melodic voice.

 

She has every reason to be in good spirits. Her film career is in flight and life post-Westeros looks exciting. She has loved Star Wars since she was six, she tells me later, ushering me into her hotel suite and settling beside me on the sofa, poised, hands clasped. “Everyone wants to be in Star Wars. It is such a huge global phenomenon; I desperately wanted the role.”

 

The latest installment in the franchise sees Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker in a prominent role with an apparently shocking twist. There will also a strong focus on a new generation of characters, including purple-haired Vice-Admiral Holdo, played by Laura Dern.

 

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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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