Captain Phasma, the chrome-clad commander of First Order forces on Starkiller Base will be returning in Star Wars Episode VIII, Phasma actress Gwendoline Christie has confirmed. She was quizzed on the red carpet for the 2016 SAG Awards, where she stated "I will be in the next Star Wars movie".
The female leader of the stormtroopers did not have as large a role in The Force Awakens as had been expected, and the character had apparently met her untimely demise after being forced into a garbage chute in Starkiller Base as the Resistance made their attack.
Fans had already speculated that since we never actually saw Captain Phasma's death it was likely that she had managed to make an escape, and it now looks like this was the case. Hopefully this time Phasma's role is expanded to more than just an incidental commanding chrometrooper with a cape.
Star Wars Episode VIII will be released on 15 December 2017.