We’re now two weeks away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens—so close we can taste it. But before you sit down in the theater, check out this wonderful LA Times article that reveals some great information about two of the movie’s new female characters: Rey and Captain Phasma.
In it, we find out that Rey (Daisy Ridley), who we know survives by scavenging on the desert planet Jakku, is an incredibly skilled pilot—a skill Han Solo, Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker also possessed. She’s so good, in fact, that she capably flies the Millennium Falcon in the upcoming movie, which is famous for making the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.
“I think what’s great about it is Rey, her character, is such a good pilot,” explained Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “That isn’t something she’s turning and asking how to do, that’s something she’s doing.”
Kennedy goes on to describe Rey as a strong and independent woman, someone who has had to fend for herself from a very young age. As we found out in the trailers, she was left on Jakku by her family, and has been there ever since. “She doesn’t speak to people very much,” Daisy Ridley explained. “She’s just trying to make it work for herself.”
As for Captain Phasma, Kennedy told the LA Times that she has big plans for the new chrome Stormtrooper. In fact, although the character won’t have a major role in The Force Awakens, she will indeed appear in Episode VIII, which is being directed by Rian Johnson.
“She’s an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word,” Kennedy said.
The entire LA Times article is worth the read, so check that out in the source link below…