We’ve been hearing about both the new and intrepid returning heroes we’ll see in Rian Johnson’s upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” but what about the villains?
EW has done a piece on the antagonists of the new era saga – Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren (aka. Ben Solo) and Gwendoline Christie‘s chrome stormtrooper character Captain Phasma. Johnson says Kylo being beaten by Rey in ‘Force Awakens’ will take its emotional toll on the already unstable character:
“He’s definitely been knocked off base. The defeat that he had at the end of The Force Awakens, but even bigger than that, his huge defining act which, spoiler alert, is the murder of his father… that’s the more interesting thing to dive into. How has he dealt with that in his head? Where is he at in terms of that act and what does that mean for him?”
As for Phasma, Johnson confirms she will play a larger role in the film, but her backstory won’t be explored:
“Gwendoline Christie is one of my favorite people, and you get to see her in action which I think is going to be really fun. That character is just so damn cool looking. Like, okay, let’s see what we can do with her. Let’s put her in action and see what happens.”
While she gets more screentime, one character who will get less is Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata whom Johnson confirms has a smaller role here than her part in ‘Force Awakens’.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens on December 15th.