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De­spite last be­ing seen head­ing for a trash com­pactor on the doomed Starkiller Base, Gwen­do­line Christie has con­firmed that the chrome­cov­ered First Or­der vil­lain Cap­tain Phasma will re­turn for Episode VIII. Per­haps this means Cap­tain Phasma toys were re­ally pop­u­lar, or could Rian John­son have big plans for her? Per­haps another show­down with John Boyega’s Finn?


Episode VIII has been pushed back from its May 2017 re­lease to De­cem­ber 15, 2017. It fol­lows the as­ton­ish­ing suc­cess of The Force Awak­ens, which also opened in De­cem­ber and promptly sailed past the $2 bil­lion mark at the box of­fice. With Dis­ney’s other space opera, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol­ume 2, also set for May, it now gives both movies plenty of room to breathe.


Rogue One, the Gareth Ed­wards­di­rected movie about the op­er­a­tion to steal the plans of the first Death Star, may fea­ture some heavy-duty cameos. Who­ever wins the race to play the young Han Solo in the 2018 Phil Lord/chris Miller spin-off may also be in­tro­duced, briefly, in this movie, while scut­tle­butt sug­gests Darth Vader might also show up for a spot of heavy breath­ing...

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