Gwendoline Christie & Rian Johnson Worked To Develop Phasma’s Backstory

We may not have seen much of her in action on screen in The Force Awakens after a much-hyped build up, but Captain Phasma will definitely be a large part of the special Journey to The Last Jedi publishing program. Not only is the chrome First Order commander getting her own Marvel 4-issue comic miniseries, a new Phasma novel is on the way as well from author Delilah S. Dawson.

In an interview piece she conducted with IGN, actress Gwendoline Christie revealed that she and Episode VIII director Rian Johnson have been working together to craft the backstory for this extremely interesting character.

Captain Phasma was one of the most anticipated and popular new characters to be introduced in The Force Awakens, in no small part because of Christie and her Game of Thrones fame. When speaking about the role Phasma has to play in The Last Jedi, Christie said she and director/writer Rian Johnson worked together to develop her character’s backstory and what her motivations are.

“Rian and I did have long conversations about this character and who she was, and I was utterly delighted in how willing he was to listen to my ideas and really thrilled to exchange them with him and hear his,” said Christie. “He really is a master writer and director, and I think we’ve seen that in the films that he’s made but I think that we truly will see that in the depths to which he goes in The Last Jedi.”

Christie also had this to say about portraying a character who exists outside the scope of film, particularly in the comics and novel mentioned earlier.

“It fascinates me to be involved in something that also resonates in other incarnations of books or of merchandise, whatever it is, because people are connecting with the material that’s outside just literally watching it,” she said. “They’re connecting with it in a way that’s tactile, that’s in their lives, that stimulates different parts of their brain, different part of their soul.”

Here’s hoping Christie and Johnson create a complete story for Phasma that the character so rightfully deserves.

Justin LaSalata
Located in New York with his wife Dianna, Justin LaSalata is the US Editor of Jedi News responsible for reporting on all areas of Star Wars related news as well as coverage from NY Comic Con and Toy Fair NY.