The latest Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released late Monday night, and as fans hoped, it included many, many new details about the highly-anticipated sequel. It offered us glimpses at a dark turn for many characters as they embark on the next chapter of their respective journeys, without mentioning many new locales, aliens and spaceships. In a trailer that was already quite filled with intrigue, we received what appears to be genuine confirmation that Gwendonline Christie’s Captain Phasma will get a proper chance to shine.
Though she’s not in the trailer for very long, what little we did see promises a showdown between the chrome-clad Captain and her former underling Stortrooper, Finn — a showdown John Boyega himself hyped shortly thereafter via Twitter. The Force Awakens neatly established a relationship between the two, a boss/employee rivalry that was spurred by FN-2187 defecting to the Resistance where he secured a name and identity for himself outside of the white and black armor. With Finn having left Phasma trapped in a trash compactor to die, she has more than enough reason to want him dead, and it looks like The Last Jedi is set to take that boiling feud even further by having the two face-off in combat.
Before The Force Awakens was released, fans were excited about the prospect of Captain Phasma being the franchise’s next breakout villain. The design of her costume, from the chrome to the cape, made her instantly stand out, and she looked set to have a big role in the film as one of its main antagonists — a strong and fearful female presence. But while we did see quite a bit of her in the film, it turns out she didn’t have the presence many had hoped she would. In fact, with so much happening in Episode VII, Phasma didn’t get the chance to raise her rifle, her fists or even her voice. Her introduction was so lackluster, some fans even feared she had been killed off-screen in the destruction of the Starkiller base.
Thankfully, that wasn’t the case. Not only is Phasma set to return, she looks more than angry. With a new, spear-like weapon in hand, we’ve already seen her in action more in a few seconds of The Last Jedi‘s trailer than the entirety of The Force Awakens. She looks set to come back with an uncompared vengeance, ready to take on Finn for his betrayal. In fact, John Boyega himself even took to Twitter last night to warn fans that “If you’ve ever had a crappy boss… You’ll wanna see this fight…”, hiting at the intensity of the rivalry and dispute between the two.
Perhaps she will even get a chance to finally remove her mask in this new sequel, and show us the woman underneath the chrome armor, something that would also help add more depth to her character. Though there is a novel and comic book slated to fill us in on her backstory ahead of the film’s arrival, and they’re both firmly in-canon, most fans will learn about her solely from the films she appears in, so it would server her well to reveal details about her past as Finn’s Stormtrooper Captain on-screen. More than that, we want to see the Star Wars franchise develop a strong female antagonist, something that has been promised, but not yet delivered.
Debuting in theaters on Dec. 15, 2017, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a production of Lucasfilm Ltd. directed by Rian Johnson and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.
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