Sassy Stormtrooper Gwendoline Christie

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 December 2015
Gwendoline Christie

Gwendoline Christie

Gwendoline Christie wanted to have "fun" as the first female Stormtrooper in the new 'Star Wars' movie

Gwendoline Christie plays a Stormtrooper with "a heavy dose of sass" in 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.'

The 'Game of Thrones' actress adored her character Captain Phasma and was determined to have "fun" with her body-covering distinctive armour.

She said: "From the second I put the costume on, I really felt like I wanted to have fun with it.

"Definitely I wanted the character to have femininity and a heavy dose of sass because I don't think we've seen that in a Stormtrooper before.

"We haven't seen a female Stormtrooper behave that way."

Gwendoline found her costume particularly "interesting" because her physical appearance remains hidden.

She told Total Film magazine: "It was a very interesting experience because one of the reasons I love Captain Phasma is not only is she the first female villain in 'Star Wars', but I think it's unusual for a female character to be presented this way - we don't judge her because of the way she looks in the flesh."

The actress was desperate to land a role in the film as soon as she heard it was being made.

She recalled: "As soon as I heard they were going to be making another 'Star Wars', I was like a dog with a bone.

"I was absolutely focused on being seen for it. I so, so wanted to be a part of it."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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