We all fell in love with Gwendoline Christie at first glower when she appeared in Game of Thrones as Brienne of Tarth, the sullen warrior who blossomed with each heroic deed. Now Christie is going to appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Captain Phasma. But we don’t expect her to blossom. We expect her to kill. That’s because Phasma is Star Wars’ first female villain. And Christie is "very proud to be a part of it," as she told Entertainment Weekly.
Christie said, “[W]hat I think people are drawn to is that this is a very progressive female character.” That’s because although we frequently see women cast as girlfriends, and infrequently see them cast as superheroes, we rarely get to see them hatch evil schemes.
This should change with Phasma. We know little about her, except that her rank of captain makes her an officer. But unlike the cloth-clad Imperial officers in Star Wars Episodes III-VI, she looks combat-ready. From the way she’s holding that rifle in the image above, I believe she knows how to use it—and use it often.
Christie also said, “It wasn’t just about what I was expressing above the neck, it was also as focused on what I was expressing below the neck.” This implies that we won’t be seeing much, if any, of Phasma outside of her armor, placing her alongside Darth Vader and Boba Fett as evil enigmas that viewers can project their worst fears onto. It seems that Phasma could very well be this generation’s Vader.
As Entertainment Weekly reported, “Unfortunately,” Christie answers in a low, sinister tone, “it came all … too … easily.”