Captain Phasma was an underutilized character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but that looks like it’s about to change in The Last Jedi. Phasma is getting a new weapon to add to her arsenal as a part of her larger role, and for the first time, we’ll see what she looks like without her helmet.
The latest Vanity Fair features extensive coverage of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, including our first look at Captain Phasma’s physical appearance and her new staff:
Lucasfilm Story Group creative executive Pablo Hidalgo explained to Vanity Fair that part of what they thought was interesting about Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens was that she was largely a blank slate, which of course left the door open for them to develop Phasma’s character in subsequent Star Wars works:
“I think a big part of the allure of her character [in The Force Awakens] was just wondering what might be underneath. It was only relatively recently that we wanted to commit to the idea that there was a human under there. The Force Awakens left that question [open], but as we got further into Last Jedi, as well as some other stories we’re thinking about with Phasma, we had to ask ourselves, ‘All right, do we agree there’s a human under there?’”
It’s certainly interesting to consider that Lucasfilm may have considered making Captain Phasma a droid or an alien from the sound of things. But perhaps it might be important to the story of The Last Jedi that it’s emphasized that Phasma’s a normal human being – whether it’s to make her seem monstrous or to humanize her.
As for Phasma’s new weapon, it’s one that’s tied to her on a personal level – a retractable pole arm that can shrink down for the purposes of easier transport. Hidalgo explains that the reason it’s so low-tech, and why it’s so important to Phasma, is something that few may have expected:
“Her background is more low-tech than many would assume.”
Since Captain Phasma was a heavily-marketed character in The Force Awakens, many were disappointed that her overall screen time in the film was so limited. But from the sound of things here, they’ve really fleshed her character out in time for The Last Jedi. Let’s hope that she’ll get a memorable action sequence or two.
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi will rise on December 15, 2017. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.
Source: Vanity Fair