11:45am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Gwendoline Christie's Character Revealed
First glimpsed in the second teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a brand new villain from a Galaxy Far, Far Away has been revealed. Meet Captain Phasma, officer in the newly-announced First Order.
Revealed via Vanity Fair, Phasma — who wears a uniform that looks like a cross between a Stormtrooper and a droid — was confirmed to be played by Game of Thrones's Gwendoline Christie, and will be part of the First Order, formed out of the ashes of the Galactic Empire after the events of 1983's Return of the Jedi.
The Vanity Fair piece specifically hints that Phasma might not be all bad, however: "Should we really assume that Christie’s Phasma is pure evil? In a franchise where a rakish smuggler can get the princess, a Sith Lord can be redeemed, and a stormtrooper can be a potential hero, anything can happen," the article notes.
Ahead of the release of a print issue filled with Star Wars: The Force Awakens material, Vanity Fair is offering a lot of information about the new addition to George Lucas's space fantasy series, including the name of Adam Driver's character — Kylo Ren, AKA the guy with the lightsaber that launched a million Internet comments in the first teaser — and the fact that Lupita Nyong'o's character, Maz Kanata, is a CGI-created pirate who has her own castle filled with "galactic travelers, smugglers and other assorted riffraff."
Director J.J. Abrams even jokes that fans can see yet another character from earlier movies show up unexpectedly. "I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks's bones in the desert there," director J.J. Abrams is quoted as saying. "I'm serious! Only three people will notice, but they'll love it."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released Dec. 18.