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Star Wars: The Force Awakens' cool chrome trooper is played by Gwendoline Christie

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

That cool shiny Stormtrooper who appeared in the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is, as widely rumored, played by Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie, according to the latest issue of Vanity Fair.

The actor who plays Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones will portray Captain Phasma, a member of the First Order in The Force Awakens. She's also apparently a hell of a TIE Fighter pilot, as her character chases down the Millennium Falcon in the movie's latest teaser.

The First Order, we learned at Star Wars Celebration last month, is the sequel trilogy's incarnation of the Galactic Empire, and commands an army of Stormtroopers, Snowtroopers, Flametroopers and more in its battle against the Resistance.

Vanity Fair published new photos of the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens earlier today, officially confirming Adam Driver's role as Kylo Ren and detailing actor Lupita Nyong'o's character, the computer generated alien pirate known as Maz Kanata.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on Dec. 18.

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