Gwendoline Christie fears her Star Wars character Captain Phasma (and her fabulous chromium suit) won’t return in Episode 9.
The character – who, let’s be honest, didn’t do anything of any great note in either The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi – appeared to meet a fiery fate at the end of the latest film, following a duel with Finn.
Speaking to The Times, Christie said: “In truth, I don’t know. And that scares and upsets me because I really want to see this character explored. I’m actually very invested in the character now.
“And that’s genuine. That’s not just chat. It has opened up a chain of stories and events in my mind about who Phasma is.”
Christie also stars as Brienne of Tarth, who lives to serve in Game of Thrones – though she gets a lot more screen time in her HBO role…
Late last year, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson explained why Phasma didn’t feature all that much in his film.
“I mean, as you can see, man, we had a really full movie already,” he explained. “We had a big, big movie with a lot of characters we were trying to serve, and the God’s honest truth is, every character had to find their natural place.
“Phasma supports Finn’s storyline, obviously… and until she shows up to fight him at the end, look through the story that we have, there’s just not a lot of space to go into a big Phasma storyline in it.”
Phasma was a human female stormtrooper Captain of the First Order. She served as part of the unofficial commanding triumvirate for the First Order and their Starkiller Base operation, taking charge of the command of the First Order’s stormtrooper soldiers. During the cold war, which took place 30 years after the Battle of Endor, Phasma served alongside the dark enforcer Kylo Ren and General Armitage Hux in their efforts against the Resistance.