Just when all the excitement around the next batch of Star Wars films was starting to wane in the wake of the excellent [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) along came the first teaser from the set of Star Wars Episode 8 to set the flames alight once again.
Star Wars 8 Production Announcement
The teaser didn't really reveal a huge amount, although the fact that it showed filming for Episode 8 taking place on the same Irish island of Skellig Michael that we saw in The Force Awakens suggests that there may not be a time jump between Star Wars 7 and [Star Wars: Episode VIII](tag:711868) as had been speculated.
In case you missed the production announcement somehow, here it is again below.
We've also got an official synopsis now, via IMDB:
Rey took her first steps into a larger world in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga.
So what about the specifics of what we'll be seeing in Episode 8? Well of course most of the details are being kept very close to the chests of the cast and crew and likely will be until the movie lands next December. But one thing we do know is that a minor character from The Force Awakens will be returning and there's "big plans" for her this time around.
When Captain Phasma (as portrayed by Game of Thrones' wonderful Gwendoline Christie) was first unveiled it was met with this specific fan reaction and the brilliant official response:
Crushing it Star Wars, nice one.
And some fans were a little disappointed when Phasma kept her helmet on for the duration of the movie but - though usually we'd never pass up seeing Christie's expressive face - it was a really good move not to do so.
Christie herself has commented on why she kept her helmet on throughout and her comments echo the discourse around the idea that there has to be a specific way of presenting her based on her gender:
"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. To be in it as that kind of character – she’s a woman, she’s in armor, the armor isn’t sexualized, and in the film we don’t see the actor’s face – I thought that was an exciting, modern concept."
But despite the refreshing, non gender highlight take on her character we didn't get to see very much of her. And - despite the humor evident in the interplay between her and Finn (John Boyega) - her final hurrah was a little underwhelming.
But she won't still be in that trash compactor when Episode 8 rolls around oh no, the first female villain in a Star Wars movie will be back with a bang as she takes on a larger role in the sequel, as according to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
Kennedy also solidified Phasma's position as a bad guy, stating:
"[Captain Phasma] is an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word."
To some her cold exterior is an antithesis to primary bad guy Kylo Ren's (Adam Driver) emotional and volatile personality. To others she's the next Boba Fett. But one thing is for sure; she's here to stay, and we're pretty pleased about that.