Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson almost sent Captain Phasma to an early grave — entirely by accident. Speaking to io9, Johnson revealed a piece of dialogue he had cut from the followup to The Force Awakens that would have inadvertently “killed” her.
“When I was first writing, I got really excited because I’d written a line where she said ‘I was stuck in that garbage thing for three weeks’ and he gives her a look and says ‘What did you eat?’” he recalled. “Then I realized, no, [Starkiller Base] blew up… If she was in the garbage chute, that means she blew up with the planet.”
As Star Wars fans will remember, Rey, Finn, Poe and the Resistance successfully blew up Starkiller Base in the conclusion to The Force Awakens — but not before Finn and Han Solo sent Phasma down a garbage chute to keep her out of their way. The film franchise hasn’t yet revealed how Phasma survives this little detour, but we do know she’ll be back for The Last Jedi.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens December 15 and 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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