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brienne phasmaThe mighty Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) from Game of Thrones is all set to play the Star Wars’ first female villain in The Force Awakens. Speaking to EW, the actress talks about “matter of fact” approach to Captain Phasma’s gender and her excitement over the role:

“We know very little about her at this stage, but what I think people are drawn to is that this is a very progressive female character. We see Captain Phasma, and we see the costume from head to toe, and we know that it is a woman. But we are used to, in our media, connecting to female characters via the way that they look, from the way they are made flesh. We are actually connecting to a female character as a human being. 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. It was an interesting acting experience as well as a fangirl’s dream. She’s Star Wars’ first female villain. It’s incredible, it’s timely, and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases December 18th in the United States and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Peter Mayhew. You can watch the trailer below.

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9 comments

  1. Except she’s not the first villain, not even remotely close.

    She’s not the first villain in the films. That would go to the Assassin/Bounty Hunter Zam Wessel in Attack of the Clones back in 2002.

    She’s not the only villain in the new rebooted canon that Disney is using for this movie, that would also include Asajj Ventress from The Clone Wars animated series.

    The first female villain in any Star Wars media was Shira Brie, also known as Lumiya, from the old Marvel Comics in 1984.

    The first female villain in a live-action Star Wars work would be Charal, from the TV Movie, Ewoks: The Bartle for Endor from 1985.

    The Star Wars novels were filled with major female villains: Admiral Natasi Daala, Director Ysanne Isard, Abeloth, and Guri come to mind as some of the more prominent ones.

    There is zero grounds to say that this character is the first female villain, they were in the movies before her, and in the novels and comics long before her.

    1. I really think she is talking about the movies in general….and Zam doesn’t count because she was just a bounty hunter. Not necessarily evil…just paid for her services. As for the cartoons, novels and comics….they have already shown that the movies don’t really coincide with them. *shrugs*

      1. Zam Wessel does count, because she tried to kill Padme and that attempt is what basically drove the plot of the entire movie.

        Since Disney actually declared Lando to be a villain in a recent piece listing top Star Wars villains, because Lando betrayed Han to try to save his city, saying that a hired killer willing to murder for money isn’t a villain is quite a stretch.

        Also, while Disney has said they aren’t following the Expanded Universe novels and comics that were made between 1977 and 2014, they DID say they were following their rebooted novels and comics that began last year, as well as including The Clone Wars animated series in their canon, which would mean that animated characters such as Mother Talzin and Asajj Ventress, as well as characters from their recent novels like Moff Delian Mors. Those are characters from works that Disney has said the movies will be following.

        This is an actress talking about something she knows nothing about, probably repeating a line she got from a marketing person. She didn’t know who Zam Wessel is because she probably hasn’t even seen Attack of the Clones, or hasn’t seen it since it was first in theaters 13 years ago. The media is then parroting what she’s saying without investigation or fact-checking.

      2. Even if you do believe that Zam was just a bounty hunter and not a true villain then there was also Shu Mai one of the separatists in AOTC and who came back for ROTS. Totally agree with everything Joseph has said.

      3. I think this is ridiculous, as if someone is getting offended by them saying she’s the first female villain.

        Guys, she’s the first significant female villain in a Star Wars THEATER film.

        You can argue all of your Star Wars knowledge and technicalities and theories and everything else to death, but the point still stands that she’s arguably the first one that plays a real role.

        “But Zam Wessel did so much!” please.

      4. The thing is, Ms. Christie didn’t say she was the “first significant female villain in a Star Wars THEATER film.” as you put it, she said in the actual EW interview that: “She’s Star Wars’ first female villain.”

        . . .which is nonsense. She didn’t say first in a theater film, or first live action one, or first “significant” one (which, given we don’t know how much screen time she even gets, is rather dubious to say this will even be a significant villain) or other qualifiers you’re stacking on, she said the first, plain and simple.

        There have been female villains in Star Wars going back to 1984, live-action female villains going back to 1985, and female villains in the theatrical films going back to 2002.

        You can’t say it’s even the first female villain introduced by Disney in their rebooted Star Wars continuity, because the character of Moff Delian Mors in the novel Lords of the Sith from last year was a female villain.

        There is literally no way her statement is correct, and there is no way around that. She pretty clearly knows very little about Star Wars and she didn’t bother to learn anything about it before making an ill-informed statement like that.

  2. What? Even with the Disney Lore Bomb that’s not true. Even just taking the 6 movies that’s not true. Identity politics fail.

    #KeepIdentityPoliticsOutOfStarWars

    1. I’ve noticed a lot of identity politics in Disney’s promotion of this movie.

      The Aftermath novel made a big deal about having a gay character in it, so when the novel got bad reviews, Chuck Wendig could go around saying it was getting bad reviews because of that.

      One of their first new novels, Lords of the Sith, was hyped up has having a lesbian Imperial Moff, as if that was the whole point of the novel.

      The first trailer for the new movie made sure to make a big deal out of a black stormtrooper. . .something that Star Wars had already had since 1996.

      At this point, I think Disney is using identity politics as both a way to get cheap publicity and as a smokescreen that lets them accuse any critics of being racist/sexist/homophobic.

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