Gatha Elbaphay[2] was an alien patron of the Canto Casino in the coastal city of Canto Bight on the planet Cantonica[1] in 34 ABY.[3] Elbaphay brought a pet Sheffi[1] named Awgree[2] to the casino and was stood with the pet in hand by one of the game tables when the Resistance agents Finn and Rose Tico passed by while searching for the Master Codebreaker. The patron had pink skin and black eyes and wore a black dress while at the casino.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Gatha Elbaphay was portrayed by creature performer Paul Warren[4] in the 2017 film Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, the second installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.[1] Chris Clarke remotely controlled Elbaphay's animatronic face and Daisy Beattie remotely controlled Awgree while communicating with Warren via an earpiece. Warren also had a monitor inside the suit linked up to a small camera on the front of the costume that helped him to navigate.[4] According to Nick Kellington, he was originally considered to play the patron alongside Warren during the Canto Casino sequence, but ultimately he was given the character of Snook Uccorfay and Warren performed the patron himself.[5]

Creature concept designer Luke Fisher designed Gatha Elbaphay and Michael Kaplan created the costume.[6] The patron is not named in the film,[1] but its production name was creature K010,[2] and on set Elbaphay was refered to as the "Dowager alien"[4] or "Duchess".[7] In 2021, Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo revealed that the name assigned to the character was Gatha Elbaphay, which he had derived from the character's placeholder name, "Ms Elbowface".[2]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 TwitterLogo.svg Pablo Hidalgo (@pabl0hidalgo) on Twitter: "Hah. I looked up K010's name, and it's Gatha Elbaphay (& her dog Awgree); which is derived from my goofy placeholder names of Ms Elbowface and Gary. No species name assigned to it." (backup link)
  3. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi to the same year as the Battle of Starkiller Base, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 TwitterLogo.svg Paul Warren (@paulRwarren) on Twitter: "Inside the Dowager alien #StarWars #TheLastJedi There was a small camera on the front & a video monitor inside to help me navigate. Chris Clarke was remote puppeteering the animatronic face. Daisy Beattie was remote puppeteering #SpaceGary & communicating with me via an ear piece." (backup link)
  5. Pellegrom, Dennis: Nick Kellington - Snook Uccorfay (The Last Jedi). Star Wars Interviews. starwarsinterviews.com. Archived from the original on January 12, 2018.
  6. TwitterLogo.svg Paul Warren (@paulRwarren) on Twitter: "Characters designed by Luke Fisher. Daisy Beattie was remote puppeteering the sheffi dog (who we referred to as space gary). Animatronic designer Chris Clake was remote puppeteering the dowager face while I was inside performing the body. Costume by Michael Kaplan." (backup link)
  7. TwitterLogo.svg Paul Warren (@paulRwarren) on Twitter: "Both the dowager (also known as the Duchess on set) and Space Gary's names have yet to be revealed. I’ll be sure to tweet them when officially released :)" (backup link)
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