Behind the Scenes of TIME’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens Photo Shoot


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.”


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Is Being Sexist, or Ignorant About Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or Both?


THE MARY SUE – It’s just….I can’t….just look at the above tweet.


So, apparently, is selling the above costume as a generic “villain trooper.” Except, that’s not a generic villain trooper – it’s a very specific character from one of the most highly-anticipated films ever, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


It’s Captain Phasma, a new female character in the Star Wars universe played by Gwendoline Christie. So, this Target costume fails on multiple levels.

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‘Star Wars’ Strikes Back: Behind the Scenes of the Biggest Movie of the Year

ROLLING STONE – Han Solo and Princess Leia join with a new generation to bring the epic saga to 2015


1035x1407-coverIt is a bleak time for the Republic. It is a period of great struggle for the entire planet, and not only is the dark side winning, it’s no longer clear any other side even exists. Seriously, you guys – Earth is messed up. Just ask a polar bear, or an almond farmer, or a GOP debate moderator. Or maybe check in with Luke Skywalker.


“The world is so horrible,” says Mark Hamill, Luke’s closest earthly representative, sitting in the shadow of swaying trees in his rather pleasant Malibu yard. At 64, Hamill is older than Alec Guinness was in the first Star Wars, and is in the process of regrowing a distinctly Obi-Wan-ish beard. “Between the Middle East and gun violence and global warming and racism, it’s just horrible. And people need this. It’s therapeutic.”


The “this” in question is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, out on December 18th and directed by geek hero J.J. Abrams, fresh from rebooting the Star Trek franchise. It is the seventh Star Wars movie, and the first not under the control of the saga’s gnomic creator, George Lucas, who let it all go in 2012, selling Lucasfilm and its franchise to Disney for $4 billion. The Force Awakens will return to the Star Wars galaxy three decades after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi, launching what Disney intends to be an endless series of movies.


Jedi ended with what appeared to be a total defeat for the evil Empire, capped with what Harrison Ford called a “teddy-bear picnic” of dancing Ewoks, complete with smiley Jedi ghosts at the sidelines. The Rebel Alliance might as well have pinned a “Mission Accomplished” banner to a tree on the forest moon of Endor.


“With any movie that ends with going off in the sunset and a celebratory moment, you can ask, ‘Well, what happened the day after?'” says Abrams. “Then decades go past. We were literally asking, ‘Well, what happened to the disbanded Empire? What happened to the Republic?'”


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Gwendoline Christie on Why Her Star Wars Costume Is a ‘Step Forward’ for Women

‘It’s actually doing something positive and progressive’



Gwendoline Christie has made a career of playing strong women: Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games series and, now, Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The character is the first female villain in the mega-franchise, something the actress is quite proud of. Consequently, Christie says her latest role is a huge step forward for feminism in the movies. Here, she talks about why the costume she wears has a particular significance:


“What I found interesting about the character was when they showed me the costume, obviously it looks incredible, and I got excited by that. But it is rare that women get to play a character and below the neck they are really covered up to the extent that you cannot really see the flesh outlines of their body. This excited me for two reasons. It excited me because I realized that every gesture I made would have to indicate something, would have to say something about the character. So the way I stood, the way that I gestured with my arm, where I put the weight in my hips that would all say something about the character. Because [producer] Kathleen Kennedy said to me, ‘Have you ever Googled female heroines?’ And I said I hadn’t, and she did the Google search and showed me. There were a lot of very conventional images of women in fairly revealing outfits, or at least outfits that showed the outlines of their body. And it felt to me that there was a character where we should respond to her due to her actions and what she represented rather than a more conventional delineated flesh outline. And that felt like a step forward in terms of the kind of characters women play in films in our entertainment industry. It felt really progressive to me. And consequently I’m very proud to play this part because yeah, you look at her and she looks badass. But also it means something much deeper and it represents something of proper progressive thought, and it’s in a package that we all love. That’s why I’m so over the moon to be part of this wonderful thing because it’s actually doing something positive and progressive.”



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Star Wars Goes High Fashion: See Gwendoline Christie in a Captain Phasma-Inspired Gown

The actress who plays the fearsome “Chrometrooper” in Star Wars: The Force Awakens models the gown inspired by the character.



You can’t miss Gwendoline Christie. At six-foot-three and with a curt electric-blonde bob and plump red lips, she stands out.


And that goes double when she’s wearing the gown designed by Giles Deacon, printed with images of Christie’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens character, Captain Phasma. Deacon designed the gown as part of a collaboration with Bloomingdale’s and Force 4 Fashion; Deacon’s gown, along with work from Diane von Furstenberg, Opening Ceremony, and more fashion-world luminaries, will be auctioned for charity after being displayed at the Bloomingdale’s flagship store in New York City, beginning December 2.


But first . . . the woman who inspired the gown gets to wear it, for this exclusive photo shoot with John Akehurst for Vanity Fair. “I loved that the design of Captain Phasma’s costume had been so inventively worked into the dress design,” Christie says about the gown, which is printed with elements of Captain Phasma’s hard chrome suit but is also long, flowing, and super-feminine. “[I] adored that so much drama could be created with just one move—much like Captain Phasma!”


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Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens – All the Way Trailer

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Gwendoline Christie says her villainous Star Wars role represents ‘more than just her flesh’

Gwendoline Christie says her villainous Star Wars role represents ‘more than just her flesh’ as she admits she pleaded for a role in franchise


She’ll take on the role of Captain Phasma in the hotly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


And Gwendoline Christie has marked the occasion by posing in an exclusive photo shoot for this month’s collectors issue of Empire magazine.


Already a huge fan of the films, Christie told the publication: ‘As soon as I heard that they were making Star Wars again, I was like a dog with a bone. Every part I was offered I’d say, “That sounds great, but I want to be in Star Wars! Please, please, I want to be in Star Wars.”‘



Gwendoline Christie has posed in an exclusive photo shoot for this month’s collectors issue of Empire magazine ahead of her stint in Star Wars: The Force Awakens


She added: “It’s a great honour for me to play a part like Captain Phasma because I think it is changing things.


‘It’s exciting for me being the first (major) villain in Star Wars, but also a villain where we’re all excited about who she is and what she’s going to do, rather than just her flesh.’


At 6”3 Christie – who is best known for her role as Game of Thrones’ Brienne of Tarth – cuts an impressive figure as the First Order’s head stormtrooper. In full costume, adorned with mirrored plates, a red-trimmed caper and a nickel-plated blaster she is a sight to behold.


Commenting on her character’s wardrobe, she said: ‘The day I met (costume designer) Michael Kaplan for the first time, he laid out that incredible costume. I slipped in to a body suit and then had armour applied to me.


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Love Magazine – A Pair Of Teeth (Aperitif): Gwendoline Christie


We’ve long been fans of the harbinger of style and red carpet every-time winner Gwendoline Christie, and on Monday at The British Fashion awards the public voted the actress their Style icon/Red Carpet Ambassador. Known for donning suits of armour in Game of Thrones and soon to be brandishing a lightsaber at a cinema near you for her Star Wars debut; Gwen’s style is certainly a force to be reckoned with.


A Pair of Teeth has a chat with Gwen on her win:


Did you have a speech prepared? If so did it go to plan?

I did have a speech prepared but I entirely abandoned it and decided to simply speak from my heart! I had prepared a list of names of all the people that have supported me over the years, but I was so overwhelmed by the situation that I’m not sure what came out of my mouth. Luckily no one seems to have complained.


Describe your losing style, if that had been the case…

I would have stared at the floor.


If your feet were superglued into one pair of shoes for eternity, which pair would they be?

This is tough. I think it would have to be a pair of Marie Antoinette-style very frou frou slippers in an exquisite silk, with all sorts of delectable bows, rosettes, frills and ribbons. It would be a mule, so I would have to keep my heels well moisturised.
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