Last Jedi Director Explains His Captain Phasma Decision

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a big movie that had a lot to get done. The film’s cast was enormous, mixing characters from J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens with those from the original trilogy (and even a handful of brand-new characters) for an epic second entry in a new Star Wars trilogy. With so much going on, it’s only natural that not every character got their due.

Such was the case for Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma, whose surprising betrayal of the First Order made the Resistance’s destruction of the Starkiller base a possibility in The Force Awakens. Unfortunately, Phasma didn’t get much screen time in The Last Jedi. She briefly threw down with John Boyega’s Finn, but was ultimately dispatched moments after she reappeared.


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The film’s director, Rian Johnson, said Phasma’s untimely and inglorious demise was the result of time constraints in a film already chockful of action.

“I mean, as you can see, man, we had a really full movie already,” Johnson said in an interview with IGN. “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. And Phasma supports Finn’s storyline, obviously, and there just… 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. So, the truth is, it’s just a very big cast and you have to kind of pick your battles with it.”


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Johnson said there are no future plans for Phasma in Star Wars films. Luckily, fans of Christie’s portrayal of the chrome-clad leader of the First Order’s stormtroopers can get more Phasma in comics and novelizations. Star Wars: Captain Phasma by Kelly Thompson is a four-issue comic book miniseries that fills the gaps in the character’s story between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson reveals Captain Phasma’s humble (and brutal) origins.

In theaters now, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Benicio Del Toro as ‘DJ’, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, and the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa.

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