Thirty-five years ago, the world was introduced to a masked villain who said few words but won the hearts and minds of fans by just being so darn cool. He was Boba Fett, and while the character doesn’t appear in The Force Awakens, the new Star Wars film does have its own mysterious evildoer in armor: Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma.
Little is known about Captain Phasma’s motivations thus far, but Christie is stoked at the idea of her villain, the Star Wars franchise’s first female antagonist, becoming a fan fave.
“I think it would be great if Captain Phasma becomes really popular, because of what she represents,” Christie told EW at the world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday night. “What she represents to me is very modern in our mainstream media. We have a woman people seem to love and we relate to her character and actions rather than the way she’s been made flesh, due to the armor she wears — which is very practical. That to me seems like a step forward. I’m so grateful I’ve had the opportunity to play this part. People’s enthusiasm for the part of Captain Phasma signals that people want to see something different.”
And as for Boba Fett, when asked whether her character would defeat the infamous bounty hunter in a fight, Christie had a better solution.
“Imagine what they could do together,” she joked.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out on Friday.