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brienne phasmaGwendoline Christie, famous for playing Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones, has confirmed that she will reprise her role as Captain Phasma in the next Star Wars movie.

“I will be in the next Star Wars movie. I think that’s an exclusive, actually.”

Christie was speaking to reporters at 2016 SAG Awards and admitted that she did campaign hard to get the role and also convinced director J.J. Abrams for the same.

“I was very overexcited. I made no secret of the fact that I really campaigned for the part for a long time. I thought the costume was incredibly striking. I was struck by how incredible it looked, but also I liked that it was stormtrooper armor. It hadn’t been sexualized or feminized in any way. I thought, ‘That is interesting. That’s very modern.'”

She adds:

“I also just liked this notion of a female stormtrooper. I felt it encouraged diversity and it was doing something new and it was an interesting bit of casting for women, and I hope that in something that was such a mainstream success it would breed more of those kind of opportunities for other women.”

Star Wars Episode VIII has already begun filming but the release date has been postponed to December 2017. You can watch Christie’s full interview below.

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