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Gwendoline Christie to star in ‘Star Wars: Episode 8′

Monday, Feb 1, 2016,14:18 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Los Angeles | Actress Gwendoline Christie did not get enough screen time in Star Wars: The Force Awakens but her character Captain Phasma will have a lengthy appearance in the next film.

The actress confirmed the news while speaking on the red carpet for the Screen Actors Guild Awards pre-show, reported People magazine. I will be in the next Star Wars movie, she said, before revealing how excited she is to be involved in the entire franchise.

I made no secret of the fact that I really campaigned for the part for a long time. And then I was delighted when JJ Abrams wanted to have me in the film and then wanted to cast me in this role that had originally been designed for a man.

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.

Captain Phasma will return in Star Wars: Episode 8 on its new scheduled release date of December 17, 2017, after being postponed seven months from a May 2017 release date in an attempt to replicate the massive success of The Force Awakens.