Phasma meets the First Order in first book excerpt

StarWars.com brings us our first excerpt of Delilah Dawson’s novel Phasma, featuring Phasma herself and another figure who will be familiar to Aftermath readers.

Del Rey’s first entry into the Journey to The Last Jedi publishing program is out next Friday, Septe,ber 1, alongside Claudia Gray’s Leia: Princess of Alderaan from Disney-Lucasfilm Press.

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The Last Jedi: New First Order walker, starship revealed

The Star Wars Show has revealed two new vehicles from The Last Jedi, both from the First Order. The AT-M6 (All Terrain Megacaliber Six) is a new walker with a “more simian-like gait,” and the First Order Dreadnought is a new gigantic spaceship that measures 7669.72 meters (or 25162.8 feet). Get all the details at StarWars.com.


Both vehicles were the subjects of rumors from the folks at Making Star Wars. There are still some unrevealed details, so tread lightly.

Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie on Hux and Phasma

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At the Los Angeles Times, Domhnall Gleeson talks about why the character of General Hux appealed to him:

I liked him because he allowed me to explore the notion of authority — he’s someone who enjoys authority and holds onto it at all costs. The costume was brilliant and added a whole other layer for me. We talked about the idea that he’s an obsessive and probably doesn’t sleep much.

So he was pale with dark eyes. We wanted him to look like somebody who was dead set on one thing.

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Meanwhile, Gwendoline Christie discusses Captain Phasma’s lack of face time with Entertainment Weekly:

I thought it was a really interesting opportunity to play a female character where we formed an opinion of her based on her actions rather than the way she has been made flesh. And that concept within a Star Wars movie, a mainstream phenomenon, was very modern and interesting and exciting.

Both characters are confirmed to appear in Episode VIII.

The truth about TR-8R, the internet’s favorite Force Awakens meme

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StarWars.com has the details today on the baton-spinning First Order stormtrooper that the internet has adopted as one of The Force Awakensmost prevalent memes.

Though he’s been dubbed TR-8R, his real name (‘name’) is FN-2199, aka Nines. As often speculated, he’s one of Finn’s former squadmates, and we first met him in Greg Rucka’s Before the Awakening, which details some of Finn’s pre-Jakku life and training.

The character was voiced by Skywalker Sound’s David Acord, and played by stunt performer Liang Yang.

The Force Awakens: Kylo Ren isn’t a Sith, and the origins of the First Order

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Empire Magazine continues to dribble out information from their cover story on The Force Awakens. J.J. Abrams confirms the subtext that Kylo Ren is not a Sith, and that he serves Supreme Leader Snoke, “who is a powerful figure on the dark side of the Force.” (So likely also not a Sith.)

The most interesting part, however, is contextualizing the origins of the First Order:

“That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?’” Abrams reveals. “What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn’t get done?”

The issue is supposedly on newsstands Thursday.