Lucasfilm Story Group creative executive Pablo Hidalgo has hinted that Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma may be unmasked when Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens this December. Phasma, a new character introduced in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is a chrome-plated trooper who holds senior rank in Supreme Leader Snoke’s First Order.
However, the Game of Thrones actress didn’t have a breakout role as fans originally anticipated, as Christine’s character was chucked into a trash compactor by Han Solo and Finn, evoking memories of the 1977 original’s plot thread, with Han and Luke Skywalker rescuing Princess Leia. That said, Hidalgo indicated in an interview with Vanity Fair that bigger plans may loom on the horizon for Phasma, which he hints could tie into her potential unmasking.
“I think a big part of the allure of her character was just wondering what might be underneath,” Hidalgo told Vanity Fair. “It was only relatively recently that we wanted to commit to the idea that there was a human under there. The Force Awakens left that question, but as we got further into [The] Last Jedi, as well as some other stories we’re thinking about with Phasma, we had to ask ourselves, ‘Alright, do we agree there’s a human under there?'”
Hidalgo also commented on her new weapon: “[It] doesn’t have a fancy name yet. Unlike the weapons we’re used to seeing in Star Wars — lightsabers and blasters — Phasma’s accessory is a retractable pole arm that collapses into a smaller, easy to carry form should she ever find herself shoved down a trash compactor again.”
This weapon, Hidalgo says, has a strong connection to Phasma’s history, which will be explored in a Marvel comic book series debuting in September. “Her background,” Hidalgo stated, “is more low-tech than many would assume.”
Directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled for release on Dec. 15.