It’s barely been out a week, but it’s fair to say that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has already proven a pretty divisive film.
There has been a petition to strike it from the Star Wars canon and start again (which was later taken back), criticisms about the Marvel-style humour (which we thought was actually a good thing) and, overall, critics and audiences just can’t seem to agree on what they think of the film.
The Last Jedi‘s director Rian Johnson has defended the film and his decisions quite a few times already, and now he’s at it again to address another problem fans have had with the film – just what exactly was going on with Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie)?
From here on out, we’re heading into spoiler territory, so be warned.
The Force Awakens introduced Phasma as a force to be reckoned with – at least until she was oddly disposed of in a trash compactor – and fans were hoping to see more of Christie’s character in The Last Jedi.
Only, they were left disappointed when Phasma didn’t actually get all that much extra screen time at all, and really only got her moment in the film when she once again came face to face with John Boyega’s ex-Stormtrooper character Finn, where she was quickly beaten in a fight and sent to her presumed death in a fiery abyss.
But, according to Johnson, that was actually the plan for the character all along, and they’d never planned to give her a bigger role than that.
“I mean, as you can see, man, we had a really full movie already,” he told IGN. “We had a big, big movie with a lot of characters we were trying to serve, and the God’s honest truth is, every character had to find their natural place.
“Phasma supports Finn’s storyline, obviously… and until she shows up to fight him at the end, look through the story that we have, there’s just not a lot of space to go into a big Phasma storyline in it.”
So, in the end, just as in the case with not getting a full Snoke backstory, it was a case of picking which characters to highlight.
“The truth is, it’s just a very big cast and you have to kind of pick your battles with it,” he concluded.
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