While Gwendoline Christie has said that Captain Phasma isn't "at the forefront of the action all the time," we now know for certain the mysterious armored soldier will have a role beyond "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy tells the Los Angeles Times she has big plans for Phasma, and confirms the commander of the First Order's Stormtroopers will appear in "Episode VIII." "She's an important character," Kennedy says, "a baddie in the best sense of the word."
The continuation of Phasma in the trilogy may seem like a no-brainer, but look at how quickly villains were introduced and then killed off in the prequels.
Christie, who has become a fan favorite for her role as Brienne of Tarth on HBO's "Game of Thrones," reveals a discussion with Kennedy about female heroes is what piqued her interest in Phasma.
"Kathleen Kennedy said to me, 'Have you ever Googled 'female heroines'? I said, 'No,' and she did it for me," Christie recalls. "If you do it, there are a lot of scantily clad women. Now women should be allowed to dress exactly however they choose, but the idea that you Google female heroines and there isn't a diverse range of examples that come up, I find it a bit depressing."
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens Dec. 18 in North America.