Actor Gwendoline Christie broke into stardom in a big way when she landed the role of Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s acclaimed drama Game of Thrones. Since, the actor, most recognizable for her towering height and commanding presence, has gone on to star as Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its sequel, The Last Jedi.
In her Star Wars role as Phasma, Christie adopts an authoritarian guise. Phasma is a ruthless leader for the First Order who will stop at nothing to achieve her ambitions, a trait that earned her her top ranking among the stormtroopers. Now, it seems Christie is primed to adopt a similar role, this time in the dystopian YA genre.
According to a report from THR, Christie has been cast in Fox’s adaptation of The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken. The books are set in a dystopian future where a mysterious epidemic has claimed most teenagers and children, and children with superpowers are taken from their families and placed in internment camps. The film will follow Ruby, a sixteen-year-old telekenetic on the run from the government. Christie is set to play a “bounty hunter of fugitive teens who takes immense pleasure in her vicious job.”
Christie will join established cast members Amandla Stenberg and Mandy Moore. Up-and-comer Stenberg, who made her dystopian debut as Rue in The Hunger Games, will play protagonist Ruby. The film marks the live action directorial debut for Kung Fu Panda director Jennifer Nelson Yuh. Christie has proven her skills as a sadistic leader in the Star Wars films as Phasma. These darker roles mark a fascinating departure from her Game of Thrones character, as Brienne is beloved by fans for her pragmatism and secret soft side.
It will be great to see Christie bring her trademark dramatic gravitas to another malicious role. While it’s fantastic to see Christie join yet another franchise project, it would be nice to see her take on some quieter roles that would let her really showcase her talents. The actor made her debut on stage, and she deserves more opportunities to show off her classically-honed acting chops. Christie is set to appear in the second season of Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake, which will be the actor’s first non-franchise on-screen role in some time.
Though the dystopian YA genre has been somewhat played out, this cast is making The Darkest Minds an enticing upcoming film. Here’s hoping it proves to be every bit as engaging as it seems, and we don’t end up with another Divergent on our hands.
The Darkest Minds is still in pre-production. We’ll bring you more news on this upcoming film as it develops.