‘Star Wars’ Actress Gwendoline Christie Says She’ll Be in ‘Episode VIII’

Gwendoline Christie Star Wars Episode VIII
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As “Star Wars” information slowly trickles out — like the fact that “Episode IX” will be shot in film instead of digital — “The Force Awakens” actress Gwendoline Christie has confirmed that she’ll return as Captain Phasma in the upcoming installment.

“I will be in the next Star Wars movie,” the actress, who also stars in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” told People on Saturday on the SAG Awards red carpet.

“I was very overexcited. I made no secret of the fact that I really campaigned for the part for a long time,” she said. “And then I was delighted when J.J. Abrams wanted to have me in the film and then wanted to cast me in this role that had originally been designed for a man.”

Disney, the studio behind the movie, did not immediately respond to request for comment on Sunday.

The part was indeed originally slated to go to a man, but, standing at 6’3, Christie proved a fittingly intimidating presence for the part, and was cast just a few weeks before principal photography began.

Rian Johnson will be helming “Episode VIII,” with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac returning for the sequel. Disney announced last week that the film has been pushed from a March 26, 2017, release date to Dec. 15, 2017.

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  1. God of PopTarts says:

    Um…you’re welcome (for the story correction).

  2. John Miller says:

    Whew! Thank heavens. I would have boycotted “Episode VIII” if this bit-part character didn’t appear again!

  3. Not surprising, why else would they have cast her for such a small role.

  4. Lenny says:

    When did Star Wars become just another chick flick. Ruined it is. Forever.

  5. Jacob says:

    UUUUGGHHHH…… “Sure, why of course I’ll let the StarKiller Base shields down. I am not just a CHROME Stromtrooper, I’m an IDIOT Chrome Stormtrooper who doesn’t do shit besides exist for merchandising, toys and games, Just like this soulless Disney product I’m in. It’s not like Finn and Han would have known at all whether or not the screen I pulled up showing the shields going down was fake or not. But who cares, I’m not getting paid equal wages anyway by the Galactic Empire* because I’m a woman. Screw this job! Phasma. out.” LOLOLOL ;)

    Yes, I know they’re technically called the First Order now, but it’s the same shit with the Nazi symbolism, and I just plain don’t respect such poorly written fanfiction as “Disney Wars: The Failed Awakening” enough to call it by its “”new””, “””different””” name.

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