Meet the new villains of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

The baddies of “Star Wars” have always been the cooler ones. Just one look at Darth Vader and the stormtroopers, and you know they absolutely kick ass.

For “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the mantle of villainy has been passed to Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Gwendoline Christie (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) who play the evil triumvirate Kylo Ren, General Hux and Captain Phasma, respectively.

The three share thoughts about their roles and how it feels to be part of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Adam Driver: [Director] J.J. Abrams had ideas very clear in his mind about the conventions that he wanted to upturn and things that grounded Kylo Ren as a character. Actually, character was something that he talked about the most. I feel like some of the movies are so heavy on special effects or visuals and lot of things get lost as far as two people talking to one another. And that was something that J.J. stressed from the beginning; it was all character, there was hardly any talk of special effects. When we first originally met and talked, it was all about grounding these people in a reality, even though it’s a long time ago in a galaxy far away. If no one cares about what’s happening or no one believes that these are people are real, then you won’t care about any of it.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens. L to R: General Hux (Domnall Gleeson) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), in b/g Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie).

Domhnall Gleeson: General Hux is probably one of the bad guys, depending on your point of view. He works with Kylo Ren and General Snoke, and is in charge of the military operation. He isn’t a particularly nice fella. J.J. Abrams is a very skilled director, and he’s got this unusual combination of doing big movies in terms of scale and budget, but also working well with actors and telling real stories. All those things together are very unusual to get in the same person. A lot of people are good at one or two of those things. This is large-scale filmmaking that feels like a real story and isn’t just effects. There’s a real energy in the performances. They really get everyone going before a take and you’re reminded that this is “Star Wars,” and that it requires a step up. So I hope the energy will be in the right place. I hope the story will move forward in a very interesting way. So, in the same way you’d watch one of the original three and not know what’s coming next, I hope we can do that as well.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens. General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson).
Star Wars: The Force Awakens. General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson).

Gwendoline Christie: Captain Phasma is the captain of the Stormtroopers. She is a malevolent force. She is not a force for good and she takes particular pleasure in her cruelty. I’m absolutely thrilled to hear that Captain Phasma is the first female Stormtrooper of any rank, and of course I’m even more thrilled to be playing that part. It’s exciting that something as iconic as “Star Wars” has embraced the future and has embraced the world’s need for gender balance and female empowerment. It’s incredibly thrilling for me to be playing that part and I hope it inspires generations of women everywhere to go forward.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie).
Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie).

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, December 17, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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FULL LIST: SAG Awards 2016 nominees

The Screen Actors Guild announces its nominees for acting awards in television and film. Winners will be announced Jan. 30, 2016.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Best Ensemble (Motion Picture)
“Beasts of No Nation”
“The Big Short”
“Straight Outta Compton”

Best Actor (Motion Picture)
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Johnny Depp, “Black Mass”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Best Actress (Motion Picture)
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Brie Larson, “Room”
Helen Mirren, “Woman in Gold”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Sarah Silverman, “I Smile Back”

Best Supporting Actor (Motion Picture)
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
Jacob Tremblay, “Room”

Best Supporting Actress (Motion Picture)
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”
Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

 Best Ensemble (Drama Series)
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”

Best Ensemble (Comedy Series)
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Key & Peele”
“Modern Family”
“Orange Is the New Black”

Best Actor (Drama Series)
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Best Actress (Drama Series)
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Julianna Marguiles, “The Good Wife”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Best Actor (Comedy Series)
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Best Actress (Comedy Series)
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Actor (Miniseries/TV Movie)
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Ben Kingsley, “Tut”
Ray Liotta, “Texas Rising”
Bill Murray, “A Very Murray Christmas”
Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”

Best Actress (Miniseries/TV Movie)
Nicole Kidman, “Grace of Monaco”
Queen Latifah, “Bessie”
Christina Ricci, “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles”
Susan Sarandon, “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”
Kristen Wiig, “The Spoils Before Dying”

Best Stunt Ensemble (Motion Picture)
“Furious 7”
“Jurassic World”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation”

Stunt Ensemble (Comedy or Drama Series)
“The Blacklist”
“Game of Thrones”
“Marvel’s Daredevil”
“The Walking Dead”

The winners of the 22nd SAG Awards will be announced Jan. 30, 2016.