Feb 01, 2016 10:33 AM EST

Gwendoline Christie to Return for Next Star Wars Film

Gwendoline Christie to Return for Next Star Wars Film
Gwendoline Christie, who was in attendance at Saturday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, confirmed while on the red carpet that she will be returning for Star Wars Episode VIII. She will be reprising her role as Captain Phasma.

She told People, "I will be in the next Star Wars movie. I think that's an exclusive, actually".

Christie, who is also famed for her Game of Thrones character, Brienne of Tarth, spoke about how excited she was to get the role, which was originally written as a male character. 

"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."  She went on to say, "I thought the costume was incredibly striking. I felt it encouraged diversity and it was doing something new and it was an interesting bit of casting for women, and I hope that in something that was such a mainstream success it would breed more of those kind of opportunities for other women."

Star Wars Episode VIII is slated for a December 15, 2017 release. 
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