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Damon Lindelof’s Star Wars Movie Can Give a Key Figure the Boba Fett Treatment

Until recently, Boba Fett had a reputation as one of the most unjustly ignored characters in the Star Wars saga. Actor Jeremy Bulloch gave him a formidable presence in Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back despite limited screen time and little dialogue. That strong first impression devolved quickly in Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi when he was ignominiously dispatched by a stray blow from Han Solo. And that remained for decades, letting the character go to waste before he was finally restored in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.

Damon Lindelof’s recently announced Star Wars film offers a similar chance for another character to earn their time in the sun. Captain Phasma, the First Order Stormtrooper who arrived with such a splash, ended up suffering a similar fate to Boba’s. She left a good deal of potential behind, and the new film — which is rumored to feature characters from the sequel trilogy — may provide her with a second chance. There are few characters more deserving of the opportunity.

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Captain Phasma Was the Boba Fett of the Sequel Trilogy
Star Wars The Force Awakens Captain Phasma
Phasma’s arc in the sequel trilogy follows an eerily similar path to Boba Fett’s. She was an early standout in Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, thanks to her imposing chrome armor and a steely performance from Gwendoline Christie. Like Boba, she represented a break from the Sith Lords, who tend to dominate Star Wars’ villainy, and like Boba, her striking physical presence spoke to a colorful past that remained an enigma. Most importantly, she was menacing, promising to be a scourge to the heroes the likes of which no other First Order figure could muster.

And then, like Boba, she just seemed to evaporate. First, she was abducted by Finn and Han Solo at the end of The Force Awakens and forced to lower the base’s shields after being caught unawares. That was followed by a death sentence in Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi. While she put up more of a fight than Boba did, her battle with Finn came a distant second to Rey and Kylo Ren’s activities and felt more like winnowing down an overloaded cast than a fitting end to a memorable baddie.

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Damon Lindelof’s Star Wars Movie Can Redeem Captain Phasma
The book of Boba Fett
Lindelof’s new project leaves the door wide open for any sequel characters to appear. Christie, for her part, recently scored a triumph as Lucifer in Netflix’s The Sandman, making her an attractive choice for a follow-up. Phasma’s death leaves room for a comic book-style comeback — she falls into a colossal explosion, which practically begs for retcon survival — and with the remainder of the First Order now largely dead, she makes a perfect legacy figure to pop back up. And unlike Kylo Ren, she’s not a Force user, providing an instantly credible antagonist that makes a firm break from the Sith.

That, in turn, would do exactly what The Book of Boba Fett did for its title character. Phasma has a good deal of ancillary supporting material, including a four-issue limited series from Marvel Comics that covered her actions between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. She also has a strong backstory that a talented filmmaker could readily spin. And with the First Order gone, her possible motives can move her in all kinds of intriguing directions.

In fact, while the arrival of a new villain is always an option, there are few better choices among the existing ones than her. With the sequel trilogy underutilizing her, she’s bursting with potential that earlier figures lack, and good material could help her stand among the best antagonists in a franchise full of them. Boba waited almost 40 years for his redemption. If Lindelof chooses, Phasma could gain the same thing in just a fraction of the time.

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