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Gwendoline Christie praises “informative” response to fan inquiry about Captain Phasma’s armor

phasmaIn a new Variety interview, Gwendoline Christie praised the Star Wars social media team for their response when a fan on Facebook questioned Captain Phasma’s armor:

“It was beautiful because it was informative, which is what we all need in order to tackle prejudice of any kind in our world … to be fed information,” Christie said of the measured response. “That’s just my opinion, that education combats fear, and fear leads to prejudice — so if we all become more educated, and if our mainstream media continues to expand and show a more realistic representation of women and of men.”

And this isn’t the first time that Christie has implied that we’re unlikely to see Phasma unmasked, but it’s certainly a double down:

“It was very important to J.J. that I was there acting a part,” she noted. “I found it to be a really interesting acting challenge, not just because of what I felt this character was representing — and it was just what I felt, and we talked about it a little bit, but it was never like a manifesto, ‘this is what it must be’ — and it was exciting to me to have that weight of responsibility taken away, of having to be a certain way as a woman, to have to be mindful in a way that isn’t always useful. To have that stripped away was very liberating, and it meant that as an actor I had to focus on other things. I had to focus on what my body was communicating and what exactly my voice is communicating.”

She added, “It becomes about the way in which you hold your hand, the way in which you walk, where your weight lies and what you want that to mean, and I wanted to give the character identity. I thought it was interesting to make something about the character identifiably female in a non-superficial way, and I hope that comes across.”

Star Wars and Game of Thrones may be getting the bulk of the attention at the moment, but we’ll see Christie first – and unmasked – this November in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

Report: John Landis says original trilogy theatrical cuts are coming (and guess who told him?)


Per Empire magazine, producer/director John Landis said at a Q&A tonight that Disney will be (eventually) re-releasing theatrical cuts of the original trilogy. It’s an evergreen rumor that pops up regularly, but this variation has a little bit of oomph behind it – Landis apparently heard about it from George Lucas.


Now, whether it actually pans out this time will be another matter…

Lupita Nyong’o is on the cover of Vogue – again

lupita-nyongo-vogueThe cover of Vogue is a big deal, and Lupita Nyong’o has now scored her second in as many years. The October issue features the actress, who talks a little about The Force Awakens – and J.J. Abrams himself sheds a little light on what they were looking for in the role:

While we tuck into delicious platters of fish, sorbets, and cheeses, Lupita tells me that she has just spent four months filming a CGI character—a pirate named Maz Kanata—for J. J. Abrams’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opening this December. “We needed a powerful actress to play a powerful character,” the director explains to me later. “Lupita was someone I’d known a little and was enormously fond of. More important, her performance in 12 Years a Slave blew my mind, and I was vaguely desperate to work with her.”

Acting a motion-capture character was “really bizarre and lots of fun,” Lupita says. “I really enjoyed the fact that you’re not governed by your physical presence in that kind of work. You can be a dragon. You can be anything.”

Again, it’s very Vogue, but she also talks about her life in Kenya and America. She answers a few more Star Wars questions on video:


The Force Awakens: More accents, translations, action figure talk and more

Rey and FinnWe already know what accent John Boyega is using for Finn in The Force Awakens thanks to the toys, but the website of the film’s dialect coach has the answer for Daisy Ridley’s.

→ The German translation of one of Kylo Ren’s recently revealed lines is very interesting.

→ Domhnall Gleeson talks about the General Hux action figure and the First Order with MTV. (A Black Series Hux figure has been spotted on some online retailers.)

→ Episode VIII: Is Benicio del Toro a villain or not? He’s still not sure, I guess. (I have a theory, if you want to ask in the comments.)

Today in rumors: Star Wars saga coming to AMC Theaters? And Netflix?

A Fan's Hope, Naam's Huttese Theater, Tatooine by Jeff Carlisle

We first heard back in April that a Star Wars saga marathon in theaters was in the works ahead of The Force Awakens. Today, AMC Theaters tweeted – and quickly deleted – a tease to something that looks very much like that. Man, what is it with these theater chains and social media? Why are they always jumping the gun? Like the previous instances, I doubt AMC will be the only chain to carry marathons.

For those who prefer to watch Star Wars in a more leisurely manner, there was also a rumor originating on Exstreamist that the movies will be coming to Netflix soon, due to some suspicious placeholder pages. ScreenCrush contacted Netflix, who told them that the pages have to do with DVD copies of the film. (Of course.)

Regardless of the evidence – or lack thereof – I have little doubt that both these things will be happening. They’re both publicity gold leading into The Force Awakens, to get Star Wars into the mainstream eye – any way the public wants it.

Mark Hamill denies report that he nearly died on Skellig Michael

tfa-hamillMark Hamill tweeted today that “didn’t so much as stub a toe” on the island, directly contradicting the report that he slipped there during filming for The Force Awakens last year.

Cast and crew for Episode VIII are in the area now – including, presumably, Hamill. His son Nathan has been posting photos from Ireland.