Star Wars: The Force Awakens reunited fans with characters from the original trilogy and introduced new heroes and villains as well. Han Solo, Leia Organa, Chewbacca, C3PO, R2D2, and Luke Skywalker were joined by Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) on the side of the light, and by General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis in a motion capture role), and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) on the dark side.
The marketing campaign for The Force Awakens managed to not reveal too many plot details, but at the same time it sold the idea that some characters - especially Captain Phasma - were going to have more screen time than they actually did. Those who were disappointed by the military leader's limited presence in The Force Awakens have something to look forward to, however, as it has now been confirmed that Captain Phasma is coming back.
Gwendoline Christie revealed at the red carpet preshow for the SAG Awards that she will reprise her role as First Order officer Captain Phasma in Star Wars Episode VIII. Christie told People that she “will be in the next Star Wars movie” adding that this piece of information was “an exclusive.” She also took this chance to reiterate how hard she campaigned for this role, which was originally conceived for a man.
“I was very overexcited. I made no secret of the fact that I really campaigned for the part for a long time. And then I was delighted when J.J Abrams wanted to have me in the film and then wanted to cast me in this role that had originally been designed for a man”.
Star Wars: Episode VIII will be written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper), with Ram Bergman, Lawrence Kasdan, and Simon Kinberg as producers, and J.J Abrams serving now as executive producer. Production is expected to start soon. However, the next Star Wars movie to hit the big screen will be Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first in the Star Wars Anthology series. Rogue One will follow a group of Rebel fighters whose mission is stealing the plans for the Death Star. This movie is not part of the Star Wars saga per se, but more a stand-alone story set in the Star Wars universe.
As for Captain Phasma's return, let's hope she will get more screen time and we will get to know more about her - such as her backstory, and her mission as part of the First Order.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.