New details about the film’s “First Order” have been released by EW, including the reveal that Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma was originally designed as a look for Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, but it inspired J.J. Abrams to create a new character.
“I just thought it would be really cool if we could find someone to play the part who was female, and I’m a fan of Game of Thrones; Gwendoline is in that show, [The Force Awakens casting director] Nina Gold casts it, she knew Gwendoline, obviously. We were very lucky to get to have her in the movie. She’s not in many scenes, but her presence is powerfully felt when she’s there.”
John Boyega also revealed an interesting detail about the First Order’s indoctrination of their Stormtroopers, who are born to serve in their army and taught about none other than Luke Skywalker, who he has been told his entire life “was a villain who destroyed the benevolent Empire.”
Release Date December 18, 2015.