Teaser Trailer


We are less than three months away from the release of The Force Awakens; yet, due to the incredibly tight security surrounding the project, rumors and speculations continue to abound regarding the roles and possible lineages of the new characters in the film. Possible mild spoilers ahead…


With the release of the Journey to the Force Awakens books on Force Friday (adult novel Aftermath, young adult novel Lost Stars, and three junior novels: Weapon of a Jedi, Smuggler’s Run, and Moving Target), a little light has been shed on the upcoming film – especially regarding the possible state of the galaxy, the Battle of Jakku, and some new characters and species that are sure to make their way into the film.


New Big Three


Amid all the rumors and speculations surrounding the characters of TFA, there is a lot that still remains unclear.  Who are Finn and Rey?  Why are their surnames not given prior to the film’s release? What is Kylo Ren’s real name?  None of the books or comics thus far have given us much information on the backstory of these characters, but I believe that it is possible that one of the newly released junior novels may have actually given us a first glimpse at one of the main villains in TFA.


Smuggler's Run


The novel I’m referring to is Smuggler’s Run by Greg Rucka (also the writer of the Shattered Empire comic series).  The book follows Han Solo and Chewbacca on a rescue mission set in between ANH and ESB.  They set out to find Ematt, an important player in the Alliance that holds information that is key to survival of the Rebellion.  Unbeknownst to the duo, an imperial officer of the ISB (Imperial Security Bureau) is equally intent on capturing their quarry.


Alecia Beck 1


The Imperial officer is Commander Alecia Beck, who is chartering the Star Destroyer Vehement on her mission to capture the rebel soldier, and she doesn’t plan on letting anyone or anything stand in her way.  Here is an excerpt from chapter two of Smuggler’s Run which serves as an introduction to the character:


COMMANDER ALECIA BECK was, as far as she was concerned, a very good officer for the Imperial Security Bureau.  She didn’t have a choice.  Never mind that she was a woman – and there were very few of those holding high ranks in the Empire – hers was a job that did not tolerate failure.  For the Empire to work, loyalty had to be ensured.  For the Empire to thrive, everyone had to do their part.  For the Empire to endure, its enemies had to be hunted down and destroyed.



Alecia Beck 2


Commander Beck is as ruthless as she is prideful, and she is a very strong character that commands attention and respect every time she makes her presence known in the book.  When reading the character in the book, I couldn’t help but wonder what implications her inclusion might have on the upcoming seventh episode of the saga.


Given the fact that the book is part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens publishing program, there have to be some things included in the book that give details and hints for the film.  While I easily found some characters and plot points in the other two junior novels that are likely to pop up again in TFA, Smuggler’s Run was a little harder to pinpoint those possible references.


Bounty Hunter Attack


In all likelihood, Major Ematt will play a role of importance in the film as he is included in Smuggler’s Run as well as Moving Target, which also includes many other details that I could easily see impacting the movie.  There are also references to some gangs and a ship/mobile cantina that may show up as well, but beyond that, it’s hard to say.  Surely, there has to be more to this book regarding TFA.


Following that line of thought, the character most likely to appear in the movie in my opinion would be the book’s antagonist, Commander Beck.  But we have seen nothing about this character so far in casting or promotional material.

Or have we?


phasma pic
Clad in distinctive metallic armor, Captain Phasma commands the First Order’s legions of troopers.


Is it possible that Commander Beck is none other than Captain Phasma, a strong female leader of the First Order, and one of the three main villains we have seen so far?  We haven’t seen under that chrome dome as of yet, but we do know the actress beneath it, who coincidentally bears a striking resemblance to Commander Beck as seen in the illustrations of the book.


We can also see from the illustration above that Beck is a woman of considerable height, able to look Harrison Ford’s Han Solo (6′-1″) in the eye.  It’s hard to get an exact height comparison as she is mid-stride and Solo is standing up straight, but her above average height is certainly clear.  Could this woman be Captain Phasma?


Actress Gwendoline Christie


Even though there are a lot of similarities (such as Christie’s and Beck’s appearance and the authoritative positions of Beck and Phasma), there are some questions raised with this speculation as well.  Wouldn’t she be several years older in TFA?  Why does she go by Captain Phasma and not Commander Beck?


It’s likely that Commander Beck was solely used for the book and Captain Phasma is an all-new character in the universe, but if we want to chase this rabbit – these questions can be easily answered or explained away.


Phasma Poster


For instance, regarding the age of the character – we may never have to cross this bridge as it is possible that we will never see her unmasked in the film, and even if we did, it’s not like there is no precedent for using movie make-up to pack on the years.  And with the flashback rumors, it’s even possible that we could see a young Commander Beck during the time of the original trilogy.


As for her rank, Captain is certainly a promotion over Commander, so thirty years of faithful service could easily explain that one.  As for the name Phasma – well, that one remains a mystery.


The Evil Three


The ending of the book is also worth noting as it seems to allude that Beck will make an appearance in the future of the Star Wars Canon, and the story group seems to want to keep the future of this character as shrouded in mystery as possible. Here are the final words of Smuggler’s Run:


    “Hey,” Curtis said.  “Whatever happened with Beck?”

                Chewbacca chuffed and barked.

                “Tell you next time,” Solo said.


What are your thoughts on Commander Beck and Captain Phasma?  Share your comments below.



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Jordan Pate is Co-Lead Editor and Senior Writer for Star Wars News Net, of which he is also a member of the book and comic review team. He loves all things Star Wars, but when he's not spending time in the galaxy far far away, he might be found in our own galaxy hanging out in Gotham City or at 1407 Graymalkin Lane, Salem Center, NY.

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Jordan Pate is Co-Lead Editor and Senior Writer for Star Wars News Net, of which he is also a member of the book and comic review team. He loves all things Star Wars, but when he's not spending time in the galaxy far far away, he might be found in our own galaxy hanging out in Gotham City or at 1407 Graymalkin Lane, Salem Center, NY.


  • September 20, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Could also explain why the Captain Phasma minifig in the First Order transport Lego set didn’t include Christies face; it was a plain black minifig head….

    • September 20, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      That sounds eerie!

  • September 20, 2015 at 2:21 pm


  • September 20, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Captain Phasma could be Commander Becks daughter?

    • September 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Or a clone.

      • September 20, 2015 at 5:08 pm

        That could easily also be the case! 😉

  • September 20, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I think I’m getting a thing for Phasma,I’m so confused.

  • September 20, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    “Wouldn’t she be several years older in TFA?”

    30+ years is more than “several.” I doubt she is Beck.

  • September 20, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Yep, that’s Phasma

  • September 20, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    The more we learn about TFA the more confused we get. We need a full length trailer.

  • September 20, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Whoever she is, one must presume she was injured and the armor is hiding or supporting her injuries. As to whether any elements of her backstory appear in this new Disney canon, I suppose it’s possible. Lucas was very clever with his use of implied, yet not answered, back stories in the OT and in a few places in the PT. If the TFA filmmakers are smart, they too will use back stories and I sort of hope Disney isn’t foolish where they try to answer too much for us with all of these new books and comics…

  • September 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I would prefer is Phasma had very little or no back story. Keeping her mysterious is way cooler.

  • September 20, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    So… no. She is not Phasma.

  • September 20, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    The rumors seem big on clones…

  • September 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Captain is a demotion from commander as ISB ranking will mimic army rank system, not the navy’s. No connection.

    • September 20, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Actually, considering the nature of the imperial FLEET, given its a bunch of ships wandering around space, (as opposed to the sea), it would make much more logical sense for the ranking to follow the Navy.

  • September 20, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    A 60 to 70 year old on the front lines commanding an army isn’t likely at all. From what we know Captain Phasma is quite active and physically prepared for battle. This just doesn’t make sense.

  • September 20, 2015 at 5:01 pm


  • September 20, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    What if this is similar to Darth Vader where Christie plays her and even does her voice, but we see an old woman’s face once her helmet is removed?

    Two actresses (plus a stunt woman) share the same character. 😉

  • September 20, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    funny how you considered the only book of the junior novels that didn’t arrive to me yet

  • September 20, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Hm yea makes sense. Captain Chrome dome

  • September 20, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I’m inclined to think Beck is Phasma’s mother. They’ve had female villains, they’ve had children of male villains, why not have a villainous matriarchal dynasty?

    • September 21, 2015 at 12:59 am

      Great point.

  • September 20, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Can they not just be separate characters? I do however take on board that the illustrations do bear an interesting resemblance to the actress.

  • September 20, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Lets hope Phasma is shiny and chrome, and not doomed to a mediocre end like Fett.

    • September 20, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      She will ride to Vahalla shiny and chrome.

  • September 20, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Captain is not above a commander. Commander or Commanding Officer-C.O. run/command something (while XO or executive officer is second in command). Captain is a rank, while CO is your position

      • September 21, 2015 at 4:58 pm

        It’s pretty clear from the new canon works that this is the general ranking system that is most often used. Ensign, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Captain, and Admiral have all been mentioned as ranks and the hierarchy seems to be the one presented here. The Imperial Fleet is even referred to as the Imperial “Navy” in both Lost Stars and Aftermath. In Aftermath however, it is mentioned that the navy and the army are seperate entities within the Empire. The Tarkin novel mentioned that both branches even have their own intelligence agencies, Naval Intelligence and Military Intelligence respectively. The ISB is presented as a seperate entity wherein even lower ranking individuals like Beck can pull rank on those with titles that are officially greater. The ISB’s authority seems to supersede all other authority. It is unknown which ranking system the bureau uses. The head of the ISB is the Chief and under him is the Deputy Director. We know that Commander is used (Beck), yet Kallus, who seems to have no little authority is only referred to as “agent” (his rank bars may suggest “lieutenant”). It is likely that the ISB uses a completely different system. It is also likely that with the First Order, a lot of that has changed anyway.

    • September 20, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Wrong. The rank of Commander has absolutely nothing to do with the position of Commanding Officer or Executive Officer.

      • September 23, 2015 at 4:50 am

        It does too in police depts

        • September 23, 2015 at 4:58 am

          Why would you be referring to civilian police forces when the discussion is clearly in regards to military ranks, where your original statement is invalid?

          • September 24, 2015 at 11:00 pm

            Police depts are paramilitary organizations that follow some sort of structure to the military so my original post is not invalid

          • September 24, 2015 at 11:06 pm

            Well yeah, it is still invalid. The ranks we’re discussing aren’t based on police forces, they’re based on actual naval ranks. Star Wars isn’t featuring local police, it’s featuring militarizes. I know this. You know this. The other guy you “corrected” knows this. So please explain how your original foot-in-mouth comment is in any way relevant? You were absolutely wrong because, in militaries, and in particular, the Star Wars forces being discussed, your statement is 100% incorrect. Nobody cares if what you said is true so long as we’re talking about the police, because we weren’t. Otherwise, I could say that my five-year-old niece says that, in her doll police force, the rank of ‘Wizard Cat’ outranks both Captain AND Commander, and I would be right according to your logic, but it would still be absolutely irrelevant to the original discussion.

          • September 26, 2015 at 8:49 am

            You’re just a pompous ass. I’ m not wrong. That food in mouth will be shoved up your ass anyway

          • September 26, 2015 at 5:45 pm

            Wow, what a stupid and unimportant topic to get so worked up and be in denial about. I can’t imagine how block-headed you must be when you’re wrong about something that actually matters.

            What the hell does your third sentence even mean? Yet another statement which is absolutely irrelevant to the discussion. I mean, not once did we talk about food. How did your troubled brain come to the conclusion that saying “That food in your mouth will be shoved up your ass anyway.” would be a fantastic comeback to my (completely unfoul) responses to you? You’re seriously delusional.

            But anyhow, resorting to really stupid insults doesn’t change the fact that you’re wrong as can be and also apparently delusional.

    • September 20, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      I’m not up on my real-world military ranks but I know for a fact that in the Empire of the Star Wars universe commander is a rank and captain is the next step up followed by Admiral.

  • September 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    More pandering to women’s groups by Disney.
    For those who don’t think they’re pandering, what else do you call it when every new authority figure is either a woman, a minority or a combination of both?

    • September 20, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      Please explain why you think that every human character is entitled to be a white male, and that any deviation from that entitlement is “pandering.”

      • September 20, 2015 at 11:31 pm

        Better yet, he should explain why he is so incapable of identifying with a character simply because of how they look.

    • September 20, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Believe it’s called equality.

    • September 20, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Everyone keeps complaining about minority representation in Star Wars, and it’s making me so sad. I finally have some characters I can identify with and people are calling it a liberal conspiracy?

      In TFA, there are 3 new leads – and only 1 is a woman! Out of the 4 new major villains, ALL 4 actors are white, and only 1 is a woman! Maybe this isn’t about equality at all – you just don’t like seeing diversity in general.

      • September 20, 2015 at 9:12 pm

        Imagine the back lash if they’d cast the other way around though and had a white woman, a latino and a black guy as the villains? Casting all-white actors for the villain roles screams playing it safe to me.

        I wish we could just live in a world where casting was just given to the best thesp for the role – regardless of race or gender. Though I will admit, I would probably get tired of seeing Meryl Streep’s one woman show.

        • September 20, 2015 at 9:40 pm

          If they wanted to play it safe, they would’ve kept the Empire as all white men and not even suggest that Finn MIGHT be a stormtrooper.

          I strongly feel, long-term, that Disney wants to get everyone used to seeing diversity on all sides. Don’t fret. We will get more white male heroes as well as black villains, etc.

          • September 28, 2015 at 11:33 pm

            Hey, they threw in a woman so you can’t say they’re not trying to diversify the villains!

            I’m not sure how I’m supposed to read your comment…? Are you implying I’m disappointed with the casting based on race and want more white male heroes?

            Because I’m quite happy with the casting, I’m more annoyed with the constant bickering over the race and gender of every role that’s on screen – especially the chatter that emerged when they announced the first round of casting. “Not enough women! Not enough color!” – and quite rudely dismissing Oscar Isaac as “just another white, male lead” despite the fact that he’s a man of Latino heritage. It takes away from the enjoyment of following film making because it’s suddenly lumping people up into categories and then criticizing them without merit or acknowledgement of previous work and displayed ability. The filmmakers create their own worlds and it shouldn’t be up to the public to say what they should or shouldn’t show – which is what this is demanding. JJ seems to have pulled from very diverse pool of actors anyway, so it struck me as completely counterproductive to have every online rag post crap like that before even seeing a final cut.

        • September 20, 2015 at 10:41 pm

          The biggest villain in Star Wars was played in part by a black guy.

          • September 21, 2015 at 4:35 am

            David Prowse looks pretty pale to me as does Ian McDiarmid.

          • September 21, 2015 at 8:13 am

            And what does James Earl Jones look like to you?

          • September 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm

            When did we ever see JEJ onscreen? I hear they are doing wonders with laser eye surgery these days. Might want to look into it, Mate. Or watch an episode of Sesame Street to learn the color wheel. Cheers!

          • September 21, 2015 at 8:30 pm

            The voice of Darth Vader was half of that character. Wether he appears onscreen is irrelevant. He was cast in the movie as a critical part of that role. They are doing great things with hearing aids and auditory restoration these days. You may want to look into it.

          • September 22, 2015 at 10:15 am

            James Earl Jones is a great actor but he’s clearly expendable considering he only voiced him in the films and a few episodes of Rebels while Chad Vader and company filled in everywhere else including all those commercials, videogames, and even some of toys. Seeing as how he’s the best selling Star Wars character and isn’t even voiced by JEJ in over half of them is the definition of irrelevance. Not to mention we only see him voiced by him for all of 2 minutes in the PT. He wasn’t even credited in the original prints either and used to deny doing the role.

          • September 22, 2015 at 8:22 pm

            Please. James Earl Jones made that character. Everyone else just imitates it –badly. There has never been an adequate altenative to JEJ. Why would you seriously bring up Chad Vader? That’s just a series of fan videos on YouTube. Has nothing to do with Star Wars proper. If you want to see what Vader is like without Jones, check out this video and then tell me he’s irrelevant to the role:


          • September 23, 2015 at 4:29 am

            Matt Sloan voiced him in like 5 or 6 of the video games all of which were best sellers, No one gave a fuck that JEJ wasn’t the voice there. Look at all the copies of the audiobooks sold globally where he didn’t do the voice either. Shit, Not even all the electronic toys are voiced by him but they still make bank. He wasn’t even GL’s first choice to do the voice like Oz, They wanted Orson Welles but could’t afford him and didn’t think he’d do it. It’s almost comparable to Connery as Bond where Jones originated the role but ultimately they made even more money after he left it.

          • September 23, 2015 at 5:36 am

            We’re not talking about video game voices or audiobooks and whether or not they made money. If you remember, the discussion was about casting black actors in villain roles, of which James Earl Jones, a black man, was cast as the voice of the primary villain of the saga. That’s it.

          • September 24, 2015 at 5:35 am

            You are clearly ignorant about Star Wars if you think the EU was seperate from the saga’s success. Star Wars was effectively dead from 1985-1997 if you do not include the games, books, toys, etc. sold between those years that kept the IP alive for an entire generation. You also reveal your lack of literacy when I said up above that JEJ denied his part in the film for years and must have no short term memory if you do not remember that Sheev Palapatine was the Sith Master and Vader was his mere apprentice. “a sick man in an iron lung” as he puts it and one he was planning on replacing with Luke who was even less skilled and strong in the force than he was. His apprentices like Maul, Tyranus, etc. were all disposable in case you missed crucial plot point. He was always the true power behind all 6 films.

          • September 24, 2015 at 5:45 am

            We were not talking about the success of the the films or the EU. We were not talking about books. We were not talking about the line of Sith masters and apprentices. We were talking about casting actors in the movies. That’s all. Everything else you bring up is irrelevant. The fact is that James Earl Jones was cast as the voice of Darth Vader. Simple as that. James Earl Jones never denied it. He simply asked not to be in the credits. That doesn’t make him not the voice of Darth Vader. Get it now?

          • September 25, 2015 at 6:25 am

            Since you are a fan of revisionist internet fan history and clearly were not there as I was when the original film was released in theaters, Here you go….

            He has stated this in many interviews over the decade as fact. Also, There is going to be an entire generation of kids raised on Clone Wars who could give less of a shit about the existing films and DV will be whoever the fuck Disney puts in that suit just as whatever 007 that is in the suit at the time will be Bond to them in spite of Connery originating the role.

          • September 25, 2015 at 6:51 am

            Your quote confirmed exactly what I said. Jones asked not to be credited. That’s exactly what I said. He never denied being the voice. For crying out loud, he had a successful career before Star Wars, doing a number of films such as the Great White Hope and Dr. Stangelove. He had a very distinctive voice. He would’ve been an idiot to deny it, which again, he never did. Nothing about him humbly declining a credit changes the fact that he was cast as the voice of Darth Vader. No amount of cartoon shows or video games change that fact either. I have no idea why you keep bringing up completely irrelevant information that has nothing to do with the discussion.

          • September 26, 2015 at 1:40 pm

            I was in a hurry when I typed that but here’s another link that speaks of him denying it. I remember reading about it years ago….

            He was paid a mere 7,000 for a New Hope which went for more in the 70’s but still was peanuts. Hope and Strangelove were critically acclaimed films but he was not a box office draw. His real sucess came later in life. There was also no real civillian internet nor IMDB to confirm he was in Star Wars and audiences were less saavy then. Most filmgoers had no idea it was him till long afterward and many of those were geeks which unlike today was a dirty four letter word in society.

            I never said he was not Vader. I said Vader is a cinematic character like 007 who is the composite of many actors over the decades. Jones voiced him, Prowse played him, Anderson fought as him, Shaw then Christensen were him unmasked, etc.

            It’s different from Anthony Daniels who has played Threepio in literally everything since 1977 in all forms of media. Anytime you see C-3PO that is all Daniels performance in and out of the gold suit.

            To an old fan Vader could be Jones who grew up with the movies, To a newer one it could be Sloan, For this new trilogy it could be Christensen again. I mean the guy above us on this site – Kylo Ren is literally Vader 2.0 far as we know in that he’s a huge, dark dressed character with a red saber who has mysterious familial ties to the main characters and has his own ideas of how to rule the galaxy with his white/black troopers and legion of TIE’s/Star Destroyers.

            The fact we are getting a Solo film and thus recasting him leads me to believe it’s a test run for a Vader film and since Prowse burnt his bridges with Lucasfilm ages ago, Anderson is dead, and Jones has one foot in the grave. I think they will recast him too again both in body and voice and that will be Vader to this next generation.

          • September 27, 2015 at 5:27 am

            Voices aren’t black.

          • September 27, 2015 at 6:26 am

            Actors are. That’s what we were talking about.

          • September 27, 2015 at 5:14 am

            Hayden Christenson is almost as white as you are.

          • September 27, 2015 at 6:26 am

            Hello? I was talking about James Earl Jones. Don’t enter a conversation if you don’t have any idea what is being discussed.

          • September 28, 2015 at 11:24 pm

            Lando was a nice guy… 😉

      • September 27, 2015 at 5:14 am

        The villains are all white people. The three new leads are a woman, a black man, and a Latino man.

        ‘Nuff said.

      • September 27, 2015 at 5:32 am

        How can you call yourself a fan of Star Wars while being unable to identify with any characters before Episode VII?

    • September 20, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Because General Hux, Kylo Ren, and Snoke are women…

      Your ability at maths is as lackluster as your intent.

    • September 20, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      @Ted Oreilly

      What do you call it when Hollywood goes out of its way to cast a bunch of white guys in something?

      • September 20, 2015 at 11:16 pm

        Commenting doesn’t seem to be working as well guys. Neither does the flagging system.

      • September 21, 2015 at 1:10 am

        What do you call it when Hollywood goes out of its way to cast a bunch of white guys in something?

        Since +90% of all accomplishments made in human history (including the computer hardware and software you’re now using to spew the White “privilege” bullshit) have been made by White men – men, not women – then I would call a film with majority White male cast like was found in the Original Trilogy, an accurate reflection of reality.

        • September 21, 2015 at 1:41 pm

          OKAY that is quite enough, that isnt even remotely true… and not even accurate on how race works.

          There isnt even a unified “white” race for gods sake, there are like a dozen or more ethnic groups native to europe alone.

          The problem with your statement is that in times past people of other races and genderswere NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE ACHIEVEMENTs…. they were being oppressed.

          Not allowed to go to school, or drive, or exploit their potential.

          Eat your own shit and choke on it. Also learn world history, because believe it or not… it takes people of all kinds.

          Study up on math, chemistry, medical technologies, literally any field.

      • September 21, 2015 at 9:53 am

        They call it a film, you have a real chip on your shoulder @AuDiOsAnE anyone who uses the term “white privilege” is clearly a moron and you are looking to start race debates on a Star Wars fan site NO WAY A-hole take ur political agenda and white hate and piss off to a political forum! It’s not white privilege it’s race matching location privilege, do I get privileges in Egypt as a white Christian??? NO! Rethink your philosophy you backwards jealous idiot, stop trying to start a war the panthers won and went home already…

    • September 20, 2015 at 10:58 pm

      I call it fucking awesome! Makes star wars even more exciting!

  • September 20, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Phasma means ghost / Spirit / Phantom..that type of thing…we already speculated about whether Phasma was some kind of Cyborg with that strange way of speaking and apparently robot hands. Maybe what is left of Commander Beck is alive and is inside the armour controlling things.

    • September 21, 2015 at 12:52 am

      A female Vader…I can dig it.

  • September 20, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    The more diversity we see in Star Wars, the more power will be lost by those used to white male privilege. Fortunately, most people won’t care, but we should expect to see a lot of vocal complainers on the Internet soon.

    • September 20, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Ugh, drop the white male privilege garbage – it’s played.

    • September 20, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      There will never be a shortage of a-holes on the Internet.

    • September 20, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      Please stop bringing this topic over and over again. Skin color and race is irrelevant for the real SW fan.

      • September 21, 2015 at 3:44 am

        All right, Viral. I’m sorry. Thanks for being nice about it.

    • September 20, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      Thats not how it works, that is like saying you cant use a drinking fountain because a woman or someone of a different race has used it because its “Ruined”

      Others being able to have power, does not negate the fact you can attain power… unless you are being specifically denied it… which… you arent.

      Fictional woman does not negate you having any authority or poltiical power.

      Why do I have to explain this? This is like explaining to someone you arent supposed to poop in a hat.

      • September 21, 2015 at 1:08 am

        1000 internets for the last part.

    • September 21, 2015 at 2:09 am

      You have a 17th century Eurocentric (mis)understanding of how power actually operates. You should read more–and comment less.

      • September 21, 2015 at 3:33 am

        What exactly am I complaining about?

    • September 21, 2015 at 3:01 am

      It’s not White male privilege. It’s White male achievement.


      Rather than complaining about the great leap forward provided by White innovation and White creativity, it would be better if you would just say “thanks.”

      • September 21, 2015 at 8:16 am

        Thanks for being an entitled dick, Ted. Now take your ass-backwards views from 100 years ago to the white supremacist forum where they belong.

  • September 21, 2015 at 3:11 am

    As soon as I’ve seen the first art I thought of Phasma, so yeah, if it were true, I’d be cool with it.

  • September 21, 2015 at 4:06 am

    Emperor Palpatine froze a bunch of characters in carbonite while he was alive. He froze Ezra Bridger, Zare Leonis, and Commander Alecia Beck. They were unfrozen decades later and changed their names to Kylo Ren, Finn, and Captain Phasma.

    • September 21, 2015 at 5:55 am


    • September 21, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      “There has been an awakening” starts to make sense…

    • September 21, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      That would be cool.

    • September 22, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Nah! That’s little TOO convenient 🙂 Sounds like Fan Fiction

  • September 21, 2015 at 4:22 am

    The Lucasfilm Story Group is already dropping the ball on continuity if you read all the new books. There are some discrepancies between Aftermath and Lost Stars. Also, the line mentioned here about there being few female officers with high rank in the Empire rings more true if you’ve only ever seen the films, but is proven false if you read the new canon books, which include plenty of high ranking female officers. I’m not complaining about this (I’m always happy to see more gender equality), but just pointing out the inconsistency of that statement from Smuggler’s Run with the rest of the new canon. It’s just one example of something the Story Group missed, which I find worrying, considering there are only going to be more comics, books, shows, etc. for them to keep track of going forward.

    • September 21, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      You have a point about the female officers…The new canon has introduced us to at least four new female officers (I may have forgotten about one or two): Admiral Rae Sloane, Captian Ciena Ree, General Jylia Shale, and Commander Alecia Beck – as well as two female Moffs: Mors and Ssaria.

      However, Admiral Sloane was a Captain throughout the OT that was on the outskirts, never in a prominent position of influence despite her title. Ciena Ree wasn’t promoted to Commander until some time after the Battle of Hoth which takes place after the events of Smuggler’s Run. And not to Captain until after Endor.

      It can seem with the inclusion of all these new female authority figures in the new canon that there are several, although we also have to consider that only Sloane (whom Beck may have never even heard of) and Shale really factor in to Beck’s comment. These women, however influential they may be to the new canon stories, are still greatly outnumbered by the vast amount of high-ranking male officers in the empire.

      Also, moff is more of a government position than a military rank, so I wouldn’t count those either. Just something to consider, however I do see your point. One thing I haven’t noticed though are the discrepancies between Lost Stars and Aftermath (admittedly I still have 100 pages left in this one). Can you give some examples just for my info? Thanks. 🙂

  • September 21, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Captain Phasma is too young to be Commander Beck, but maybe Commander Beck is her mother (like when they introduced Poe Dameron’s parents before in the novels).

    On a different note, the fact that Finn’s, Rey’s and Kylo’s last names have not been released yet suggests their family affiliation is relevant to the story.

    • September 21, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      She’s only too young if they show her face in the film. I think Phasma being a clone as some have suggested and even a daughter of Beck seems less likely than her actually being the character herself. Cloning has been used as a device heavily already in the PT and the former EU. And why not just clone Vader if you’re going that route? Seems more effective to me. Also, Beck never gives off that vibe that she’s one to settle down and have a child, much less any kind of romance – granted, a lot can change in a person in 30 years, but I don’t see it. If she has ties to Beck, I think the most likely is that she will be a cybernetic enhanced Commander Beck, rendering her age inconsequential, especially if her face is never seen. The character already has a precedent for cybernetics with her eye implant so I don’t think this would be too much of a stretch. Beck just made me think of Christie and Phasma so much that I was compelled to speculate about it, but despite all my musings, I’m still going with an 85% chance that Phasma will be an all-new character in TFA.

  • September 21, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    There is something fishy when the most expected aticapated fil in years still does not had a trailer, its also pretty kl we are not being spoiled to death, but our pockets are being milked senslous, i bet disney has prob recouped abut a bill ion by the movie is out

    • September 21, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      I haven’t read confirmation on this, but I heard (I think it was on Collider Jedi Council) that Disney made their billion back just on Force Friday, and some are predicting the company to make $5 billion+ in merch sales alone.

  • September 22, 2015 at 1:07 am

    People can age any way they want in SW. This universe has no actual humans, they just look human. A human being evolved on Earth, which none of the SW characters did.

    • September 22, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      I agree with where you’re coming from on this point, as we don’t know exactly how one’s biology is effected by living in the GFFA, however human characters are officially classified as “human” in Star Wars. And traditionally, humans have aged like they would in the real world – for ex. Obi-Wan Kenobi. The dark side has been stated to have the ability to provide unnatural long life to its acolytes, but while this is true for dark side users, I don’t think it applies to Phasma as much, but you do raise a good point.

      • September 25, 2015 at 2:54 am

        Actually, Obi Wan didn’t age correctly. Luke is like 23 in a ANH? Ewan McGregor has already aged 10 years since release of ROTS, and he looks amazing. He will not look like Alec Guiness in another 10 years. When were SW humans actually classified as “humans?” Remember, EU no longer is canon.

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