This post includes potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so read on at your caution.
Kathleen Kennedy, a producer of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, sat down to answer some questions concerning rumors of a certain villain in the movie. This isn’t exactly the first set of hints that has sprung forth from the producer, but this confirmation is a huge one for the franchise. Kennedy confirmed with the Los Angeles Times that one of the major villains of the film, Captain Phasma (who is portrayed by Game Of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie), will survive the film and return in the next installment in Star Wars: Episode VIII. “She’s an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word,” Kennedy told the Los Angeles Times.
Captain Phasma is the first official female villain in the Star Wars movie series, and Kennedy insists that the character will not be a one-shot villain who gets phased out after one film (cough, Darth Maul, cough). Instead, she will play a major part in the films, which is a relief to fans, who are already drawing comparisons to Phasma and fan-favorite, bounty hunter Boba Fett.
Christie acknowledges and welcomes the comparison by saying, “Which means she makes a lot of impact, but she’s not at the forefront of the action all the time.” Christie goes into more detail about what makes her character so enjoyable, which extends beyond the cool appearance of Phasma:
“The reason I love my character so much and I feel so enthusiastic about Capt. Phasma is, yes, she’s cool, she looks cool, she’s a villain. But more than that, we see a female character and respond to her not because of the way she looks … It’s not about her being conventionally feminized. The idea of this enormous legacy and franchise embracing an idea like that, which of course to many of us feels logical, is actually really progressive. And long overdue.”
In two weeks, fans will get a chance to check out Phasma on the big-screen as Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters.