'Star Wars' writers gender-flipped this character at the last moment
Well, this changes things. Or it would have, if Star Wars: The Force Awakens writers hadn’t flipped the gender of this super important character at the last minute. Turns out, Captain Phasma, the stormtrooper villain played by Gwendoline Christie, was originally written in the script as a man, before screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan decided to make a change.
If you look at the timeline, it makes sense. Christie was one of the last actors to be announced, and wasn’t even at the initial table read during which some of the first photographs were taken. According to Kasdan, that table read was actually a big part in the gender-switch.
One of the biggest disappointments when the first round of casting was announced was the distinct lack of women. Only one out of seven of the new characters was female, and both Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams realized, after much public outcry, that they needed to make a change. “Everything was happening simultaneously,” Kasdan explained in an interview with Vulture. “When the idea came up to make Phasma female, it was instantaneous: Everyone just said, ‘Yes. That’s great.’”
Even greater? Having an awesome actress like Gwendoline Christie come aboard. The Game of Thrones actress is the perfect choice for a powerful, albeit evil, woman. We can’t wait to see her in action when the film comes out on December 18th!
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