Captain Phasma was a new character introduced in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens and didn’t really have the breakout role as many fans speculated she would. Game Of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christine character was tossed into a trash compactor by Finn and Han Solo, paying homage to 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope when Han and Luke Skywalker rescued Princess Leia. Lucasfilm Story Group creative executive Pablo Hidalgo hinted in an interview with Vanity Fair that bigger plans may be in the works for Phasma, which could be a potential unmasking.
“I think a big part of the allure of her character was just wondering what might be underneath,” Hidalgo told Vanity Fair. “It was only relatively recently that we wanted to commit to the idea that there was a human under there. The Force Awakens left that question, but as we got further into [The] Last Jedi, as well as some other stories we’re thinking about with Phasma, we had to ask ourselves, ‘Alright, do we agree there’s a human under there?'”
Hildalgo also commented on a new weapon that could be connected to the Marvel comic book that will be debuting in September. “[It] doesn’t have a fancy name yet. Unlike the weapons we’re used to seeing in Star Wars — lightsabers and blasters — Phasma’s accessory is a retractable pole arm that collapses into a smaller, easy to carry form should she ever find herself shoved down a trash compactor again.” Hildalgo touches on Phasma’s backstory by stating, “Her background is more low-tech than many would assume.”
Directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled for release on Dec. 15.