Which Major Sci-Fi/Fantasy Franchise Will Gwendoline Christie Dominate Next?
Like many other former Game of Thrones actors, Gwendoline Christie, AKA Brienne of Tarth, is contemplating her career after the end of the show. She has lined up a few projects already. Having already made impressions on The Hunger Games and the most recent Star Wars movies, should she go to another adventure franchise like the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
As her performances show, and as her proactive Emmy awards campaign shows, Christie can do pretty much anything she wants. And she has already indicated that she’d be happy to walk away from any venture that requires a multi-year commitment.
What made Gwendoline Christie famous?
After appearing in small roles in films by director Terry Gilliam, Christie exploded onto the scene playing Brienne in Game of Thrones, and she got the world’s notice, appearing in two big franchises after that. She played Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. She quickly followed that up with the biggest franchise of all time, playing the villainous Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its follow-up, The Last Jedi.
Even early on in her life, having realized she had different interests than many other people in rural England, she decided it would be best not to try to fit in. She told the Guardian:
“Fine. If I’m outside the party, then I’m going to have a party of my own.’ Because what else was I going to do? If you’re shut on the outside then you might as well enjoy yourself on the outside. Make the best of it.”
Christie may not want another big franchise
For seven years on Game of Thrones, she proved herself savvy on and off the show. Back in 2017, she correctly predicted that Bran would be named King. Few people took her choice all that seriously at the time since it seemed so outlandish, but when you’re right, you’re right.
Christie would seem well-positioned to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is increasingly concentrating on female-centered heroes with Captain Marvel and now Black Widow getting their own movies. Christie can obviously play a hero and a villain equally well. The only thing is, she isn’t necessarily looking for another giant franchise.
She told Good Morning America she’s game for anything as long as they pay her, exclaiming “I love cash!” But she said to the Guardian she was looking forward to stepping back from the pressure cooker of a multi-year commitment.
While she said that the structure of a long contract can be a blessing, she’s happy now to have “no time constraints, no schedule clashes.”
What Christie is doing next
The actress is going on a literary bent. Christie’s next film will be an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where she will play Titania. After that will come The Personal History of David Copperfield, based on the novel by Charles Dickens. She’ll play Jane Murdstone. She also has a role in The Friend, about a man whose wife’s terminal illness prompts the man’s best friend to move into the home.
But she’s not done with Brienne of Tarth yet, and that’s by her own choice. While her co-stars had gotten Emmy nominations for Game of Thrones in prior years, Christie had not. Typically, a network will submit an actor for consideration, but HBO did not submit Christie this year. So she submitted herself – and scored her first nomination for her trouble.
“I CANT BELIEVE IT!!!!!!????!?!!?!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU UNIVERSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ” she wrote on Instagram.
The GoT cast dominated the nominations this year. Christie joins Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Carice van Houten, Kit Harington, and Alfie Allen.