The 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.