‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ producer reveals fate of key villain in film

Kathleen Kennedy has let loose some potentially *SPOILER*-filled news about Episode VII

A producer from the upcoming ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ movie has revealed some *SPOILER*ish news about one of the film’s main villain’s plot fate.

Kathleen Kennedy, a producer on the forthcoming movie and president of Lucasfilm, has confirmed that New Order lynchpin Captain Phasma, played by Game of Thrones actor Gwendoline Christie, will survive the film and return for Episode VIII, due out in May 2017.

Kennedy appeared to dismiss the possibility that Phasma might be a one-and-done evil character like ‘The Phantom Menace”s Darth Maul, stressing the character’s major role in the series to the Los Angeles Times – “She’s an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word.”

Christie will be glad to hear that the first female villain in the franchise isn’t meeting her maker just yet, which is more than can be said for originals favourite Boba Fett, a character Captain Phasma has often been likened to by fans.

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The HBO star is confident of Phasma’s staying power in the series, she said Phasma “makes a lot of impact but she’s not at the forefront of the action all the time,” simultaneously reinforcing the chrometrooper’s importance and position in the pecking order behind central protagonists Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega).

Furthermore, Christie has praised the female roles in the film, saying “We see women in a different range of roles in the film.”

She’s particularly proud of her own character, whom she loves because “we see a female character and respond to her not because of the way she looks … It’s not about her being conventionally feminized.”

Meanwhile, it has revealed“>has been revealed that the outgoing owner of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise George Lucas has seen the upcoming ‘The Force Awakens’, and that he “really likes it”, says Kennedy.

Lucas recently commented that his continued involvement in the Star Wars franchise would have led him to “muck everything up”, and that handing over his creation was “like a divorce”.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ opens in cinemas in the UK on Thursday 17 December.