Captain Phasma’s two-minute presence in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens left a lot of fans feeling like more could have been done with her character. The good news is that they’re looking to fix that issue with Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi by giving her a larger part, and she’ll be getting a new weapon to serve her expanded role.
According to Making Star Wars, word is going around that Phasma is getting a new kind of weapon for a few scenes in The Last Jedi: a special sort of spear. While the people at MSW note that said weapon will most likely not see any combat use in the movie (since the weapon is ceremonial), they speculate that it’s a similar kind of weapon that the First Order equivalent to the Imperial Royal Guard have when they’re around Snoke.
Given that Phasma was said to be a last-minute addition to the script meant to make use of a rejected design for Kylo Ren, it’s not really all that surprising that she was barely in The Force Awakens in spite of being one of the movie’s most disproportionately-marketed characters. Given that actress Gwendoline Christie and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy have suggested that a lot of thought was put into her character – even though we didn’t get to see very much of it in The Force Awakens. Hopefully, The Last Jedi and Episode IX will more than make up for her crippling underuse in The Force Awakens by getting around to what Christie and Kennedy were both building up to.
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, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2. Newcomers to the cast include Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.
Source: Making Star Wars