Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie both spoke a little bit about their Star Wars experiences this week, and fans also got a new look at the upcoming second season of the animated series Star Wars Rebels.
Nyong’ o told Vogue magazine about her experience playing the motion-capture pirate Maz Kanata, saying that it was “really bizarre and lots of fun.” An accompanying video shows her answering some more Star Wars questions, including which is her favorite film. As it turns out, Maz Kanata likes The Empire Strikes Back.
Gwendoline Christie talked about her role as Captain Phasma with Variety, including her experiences in some of the other largest franchises in film and television. She felt that portraying the First Order trooper allowed her to “make something about the character identifiably female in a non-superficial way,” she said. She recalled that she felt like pressure had been removed from her “to be a certain way as a woman, to have to be mindful in a way that isn’t always useful.”
Christie also talked about the Star Wars Facebook page’s response to a post remarking that Phasma’s costume didn’t look like “female armor.” The official response – that her armor “doesn’t have to look feminine” – was “informative,” Christie said, in a way that showed how information can battle prejudice.
Star Wars is also making waves on the small screen. While the world waits for Captain Rex and his fellow soldiers to make an appearance in the next episode of Star Wars Rebels, starwars.com has released a video from Executive Producer Dave Filoni about the development of these clone characters. It traces their appearances on screen from Star Wars: The Clone Wars to their return in Rebels, focusing on Rex and his band of many, many brothers. The clones will appear in “The Lost Commanders,” airing on Oct. 14 on Disney XD.
Finally, Marvel revealed two new covers in its Star Wars line of comic books. Both the Star Wars and Darth Vader series will be included in the comic book tradition of putting out extra-large issues around the holidays. Star Wars Annual #1 sees Rebel Alliance spy Harken Dak deeply embedded in the Imperial bureaucracy, and Darth Vader Annual #1 pits the titular Sith Lord against a rebel uprising. Both comic books will be available this December.