When Disney and LucasFilm announced the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast members last April, just a few weeks before production got under way, we knew there were still many more actors with large and small roles alike that had yet to be confirmed. Production has been wrapped since November, but we're still learning about new cast members as we await the next trailer. British journalist Lizo Mzimba recently revealed that U.K.-based actress Amybeth Hargreaves is playing a female Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The journalist noticed on the actress' Spotlight UK page that she is playing a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, although the listing has since been removed from the page. Of course, nothing is known about the extent of her role, and if she will even have any lines or take off her Stormtrooper helmet. Lizo Mzimba also speculated that Amybeth Hargreaves may be a stand-in or a double for Gwendoline Christie's character, who is also rumored to be a Stormtrooper. Amybeth Hargreaves is six feet tall, so she could be a good match to play a double for Gwendoline Christie, who stands six feet three inches tall. It's worth noting that stuntwoman Tracy Eddon played a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi during the Endor scenes. But this would be the first time a woman Stormtrooper has been depicted on screen as a character.
Amybeth Hargreaves's credits include a lead role in an upcoming feature entitled The Martyrs along with an Ikea commercial and a music video for the band Damn Dirty Ape. We'll have to wait and see if more information surfaces regarding this actress' Stormtrooper role, as we get closer and closer to the release of director J.J. Abrams' sequel on December 18. What do you think about the inclusion of a female Stormtrooper? Chime in with your thoughts below
Wonder if Stormtrooper in own right, or perhaps a filming double if, as rumoured, @loveGwendoline plays a stormtrooper in Ep VII.— lizo mzimba (@lizo_mzimba) January 16, 2015
In any case has made this @StarWars fan v happy! Female stormtroopers! Black stormtroopers! Great to see the Empire embracing diversity!— lizo mzimba (@lizo_mzimba) January 16, 2015