Star Wars Celebration Chicago gave fans a lot to look forward to when Episode IX drops in December, including the official name of the project: The Rise of Skywalker.
During the panel for the film, which included J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Joonas Suotamo and newcomer Naomi Ackie), each cast member revealed something about their character's role in the upcoming movie. As for Finn, Boyega announced his commander-turned-enemy Captain Phasma is, in fact, dead.
When asked if Phasma's death would give Finn a sense of closure, Boyega said, "Emotional closure, sure. I don't think about her at night and stuff...Phasma, yeah, she dead."
Game of Thrones actor Gwendoline Christie brought the character of Captain Phasma to life in the previous two Star Wars installments, introducing the world to her metallic armor and "no-nonsense" attitude. The chrome-suited Stormtrooper served as Finn's superior officer during his time with the First Order, becoming his main antagonist. However, while it was thought that she died on Starkiller Base at the end of The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi revealed Phasma had survived, resulting in a climactic battle between Finn and his former boss.
Nevertheless, according to Boyega, Phasma's days of cheating death are over, and now, the Stormtrooper-turned-rebel must face his next set of obstacles.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives December 20.