Rumor: Captain Phasma Likely to Remain Masked Throughout The Last Jedi!

A recent revelation has lead to an assertion that Captain Phasma will likely remain masked throughout The Last Jedi, despite earlier rumors and speculation based on the Vanity Fair shoot.

 

 

Thanks to our friend JediPaxis over on Reddit, we are being told that Phasma will likely remain masked throughout The Last Jedi, as it has been strictly instructed not to include Gwendoline Christie’s face/head in any art renderings. An artist (anonymous) allegedly involved in marketing and merchandise for The Last Jedi has revealed instructions they received when it came to creating original Captain Phasma images for the film:

 

“…you cannot show Phasma unmasked. Captain Phasma’s mask stays on during the film so do not send in artwork of Gwendoline Christie’s face.”

 

As you may recall many people jumped to the assumption that we would see Phasma unmasked to reveal Gwendoline Christie underneath, mainly thanks to this photo from the Vanity Fair shoot:

 

 

JediPaxis brings up Pablo Hidalgo’s addressing of this situation, which some took as a literal response, possibly revealing a helmetless Phasma will not necessarily look as Christie did in the behind the scenes shoot:

 

“For those of you wondering, I see this as a behind the scenes photo of Gwendoline Christie and not necessarily what Phasma looks like without her helmet. But, I will say that she is a human female.” – Pablo Hidalgo at Comic Con Chile

 

The post points to a summary of Phasma’s physical appearance from the Phasma novel, which certainly sounds like she (at least at one point) looked very much like the actress herself:

 

She is human, has blue eyes, gold hair, pale face and green stripes below her eyes. I am not sure whether she now has facial scars or not. She is deemed beautiful, so no scars most likely.

 

 

The post continues with a little more information from the source artist:

 

As a side note, the source also mentioned that, along with the Phasma directive, they were instructed to “only use official reference material”. Keep in mind that this person is not provided any reference material that isn’t available to the general public.

 

If the artists are limited to only use officially released material, which is available to the public, than unless we see a new Phasma toy with a removable helmet or something of that nature, we can assume she will not be removing the chrome dome through the second chapter in the trilogy.

 

What do you think of this new speculation? Were you expecting to see a helmet-less Phasma revealed in The Last Jedi?

 

 

 

“For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is.”

 

You can find me without a helmet on Twitter at @JohnnyHoey and we’ll be talking about it on the next episode of The Resistance Broadcast @RBatSWNN.

 

 

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"For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."

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33 thoughts on “Rumor: Captain Phasma Likely to Remain Masked Throughout The Last Jedi!

  • August 28, 2017 at 8:27 pm
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    Probably makes sense for her to keep the helmet on. It feels like something GL would do in the original trilogy (like Boba Fett). She should only remove the helmet if there is dramatic reason for doing so.

    The only reason people are getting crazy about this is because it’s a famous actress under the helmet. If it were Joey Bagadonuts under the helmet people would say keep the helmet on. So keep it on.

    • August 28, 2017 at 8:31 pm
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      Totally agree. I think that an unmasking would humanize the character.

      • August 28, 2017 at 9:10 pm
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        So would writing a novel about her…

      • August 28, 2017 at 10:51 pm
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        Agreed 100%

    • August 29, 2017 at 12:45 am
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      Didn’t Joey Bagadonuts portray Elan Sleazebaggano in AotC ?

    • August 29, 2017 at 2:07 am
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      If she did take it off, I’d like to see her all scarred up and with one eye or something. To be fair, I don’t mind much either way if she does or not- she isn’t a major character and will probably have little screen time of consequence.

  • August 28, 2017 at 9:04 pm
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    She could be the next Judge Dredd.

  • August 28, 2017 at 9:51 pm
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    I remember back when Empire came out and we got a glimpse of the back of Vader’s head. People imagined all sorts of things under that helmet even though he was allegedly Luke’s father.
    Be good to keep a similar mystery for this character.

  • August 28, 2017 at 10:29 pm
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    Great! I’m a massive fan of Judge Dredd and Boba was a hell of a lot cooler before we saw his face under the helmet. I’d prefer to keep the mystique!

  • August 28, 2017 at 10:50 pm
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    THIS IS GOOD NEWS! YES Phasma SHOULD absolutely keep the mask on. In fact, we should NEVER see her face — as it takes away from the mystery of the character and also makes her FAR more intimidating.

    • August 29, 2017 at 6:40 am
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      Except that the novel coming out in a couple days will destroy that mystery – she’ll have a canon backstory and a physical description.

      I wanted to like Phasma because I love Gwendoline Christie, but there is no mystery, no intimidation in that character. They blew it, so I really don’t care at this point if they show her face or not. As another poster pointed out, you can’t manufacture mystique.

  • August 28, 2017 at 10:58 pm
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    Darn, there goes my theory that she was a droid. I thought it was not very likely but thought it was possible. The way she stomps around, she sounds MUCH heavier than others and it sounds like she has hydraulics or something when she moves. It could be my imagination.

  • August 28, 2017 at 11:44 pm
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    For her whole 5 minutes of screen time, wow

    • August 29, 2017 at 2:32 am
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      Boba Fett had about as much time.

      • August 29, 2017 at 5:49 pm
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        I know, similar characters, both have cool armors but that’s about it, and both were thrown into dark pits from where God knows how they escaped. (I can’t read every book out there) I guess “it rhymes”

  • August 29, 2017 at 1:15 am
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    Boba Fett became popular organically. Trying to artificially re-create that interest by hyping Phasma and then not delivering really hurt any interest I had in the character. What say you?

    • August 29, 2017 at 2:41 pm
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      I personally think she’s a droid. So it would be cool if they did something like this.

    • August 29, 2017 at 10:04 pm
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      This is probably one of the most horrifying things I’ve seen in STAR WARS. It gives me nightmares.

      • August 29, 2017 at 10:51 pm
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        There’s no CNN in Star Wars, so this is the next best thing.

  • August 29, 2017 at 3:49 am
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    Sucks if true. Gwendoline Christie deserves recognition for her role in these movies. Hopefully she at least gets more to do than magically appear behind Finn and get bitch slapped by Chewbacca.

  • August 29, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    The good thing= keeps the mystery
    The bad thing=gwendoline is a good actress it would be nice to see her acting without mask.
    But well she doesnt have a significant role either unless that rumour is true that she kills leia and kylo ren cuts his arms off

  • August 29, 2017 at 4:17 am
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    Damn. I was hoping we’d see Phasma without the helmet. I guess keeping it on does help avoid having to spend more of the story on her. Once you see a major character’s face, it does necessitate spending more time on that character, and time is pretty finite in a film that’s already incredibly packed with characters new and old.

  • August 29, 2017 at 12:18 pm
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    IMO it is more important to pay her justice as character. I mean, Phasma in TFA obeyed a deserter stormtrooper!

    • August 30, 2017 at 4:45 am
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      …and an extremely strong Wookiee.

  • August 29, 2017 at 1:38 pm
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    I have a feeling that her helmetless look in the VF publicity shoot only served to promote her as an actress. She may indeed look like that under the mask, but I think they will keep it on throughout the film. Unless her helmet is damaged or a superior asks her to remove it, I don’t see it coming off. She is a stickler for keeping one’s helmet on when on duty after all.

    • August 29, 2017 at 10:03 pm
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      I was hoping we’d catch a glimpse of her under the helmet ala Vader in ESB.

  • August 29, 2017 at 8:59 pm
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    Did not care for her voice in Ep. 7 at all. Hopefully sounds a bit more villain-like this time around.

    • August 29, 2017 at 10:03 pm
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      I thought it nicely evoked Margaret Thatcher – I don’t know if that was the intention – but the idea of an “Iron Lady’ is there.

      • August 31, 2017 at 8:55 pm
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        Wouldn’t, the ‘Chrome Lady’ be more on point 🙂

  • August 30, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Why would she want to show her face after helping blow up Starkiller base. I mean she should be dead.

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