With months to go until the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the rumor mill is starting to heat up with more and more details. Now, it seems like the leaks are starting to reveal who J.J. Abrams has pegged to be the villains to our heroes – namely “Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie.
CinemaBlend previously reported that the name Captain Phasma was part of a major copyright application from Disney to lock down its characters prior to the release of the 88-second teaser trailer. Soon after, rumors began to circulate that the woman who plays Brienne of Tarth on the hit HBO fantasy drama would take on the role.
Now, casting of Christie as the character has been confirmed… Kind of… Not really. There’s a site called MakingStarWars that has been bleeding rumors and leaks that are supposedly from the set and production of the film. While the site isn’t able to name its sources, a lot of the content matches up with what’s previously known about the movie, which has caused many to believe the material is legit. Even J.J. Abrams commented on all the leaks coming from the set of the movie, saying that some were true and others were not. Sure enough, MakingStarWars is the first with “confirmation” that Christie will play the role. So, take all of this with a grain of salt.
As for who Captain Phasma is, the article believes that she’ll be an antagonist in the film with a rather limited part. While the main villain of the film is supposed to be the broadsword lightsaber-wielding Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma will play a baddie in the movie that is only introduced and teed up for a larger role in “Star Wars 8.” She is reportedly a Boba Fett-type character, which is a really awesome way to describe someone if you’re a fan of George Lucas’ original trilogy.
Previous leaks really do set up Ren as the principle antagonist in the upcoming movie. However, if we assume the good guys win in the end, it’s possible his character will get killed off or, at the very least, not be the same principal villain in the next movie. So, while Brienne of Tarth nobly chops her way through bad guys in Season 5 of “Game of Thrones,” the actress could have to shift gears and become a maniacal villain soon after.
All questions will likely be answered at the big “Star Wars Celebration” in California starting on April 16. It was recently reported that a new, full-length trailer for the movie will be released by the director and the president of Lucasfilm. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hits theaters on Dec. 18.