Could it be that the young girl known as Cindel Towani, first seen in the film Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, eventually became the fearsome Stormtrooper Commander Captain Phasma?
While “Caravan of Courage” is now considered part of the non-canon Legends, we know that Lucasfilm is still drawing on concepts from the old expanded universe, so could the character of Cindel Towani have been re-worked into the new canon? And if so, how could she have ended up as a Stormtrooper?
Let’s begin with the single most obvious fact; Cindel and Phasma share the same demographic profile as they are both human females with light complexions and blond hair.
We see in Return of the Jedi that despite their small stature, the Ewoks are deadly warriors who know how survive in the jungle and are formidable enough to defeat an entire Legion of the Galactic Empire’s fiercest troops.
Therefore, a childhood spent learning to survive among the fierce Ewok tribes would perfectly prepare Cindel to become a fearsome warrior like Captain Phasma.
Captain Phasma was a Stormtrooper in the First Order, and while the Old Republic and the early Galactic Empire relied on the Clone Army, the First Order did not, as Kylo Ren sarcastically tells General Hux; “Maybe Supreme Leader should consider using a Clone Army.”
To fill their ranks, the First Order systematically abducted children to conscript into Stormtroopers. We know this because Finn specifically tells Rey that he was taken from his family at a young age.
Lastly, Cindel Towani and Captain Phasma would be about the same age. According to Star Wars: Behind the Magic, Cindel was born in 2BBY, or two years before the Battle of Yavin.
This means that she would have been 6 years old during the events of Return of the Jedi, making her about 36 years old during the events in The Force Awakens. While we don’t know how old Captain Phasma is, Gwendoline Christie, who portrayed Phasma in the film, is 37, meaning that if Phasma is the same age as Gwendoline Christie, then Cindel and Phasma would be just about the same age. Finn, who served under Phasma, was born 7 after the Battle of Endor, meaning that she would be would be about 13 years older than the men she was commanding.
This age fits perfectly with what we know about Phasma’s position in the First Order, as she is old enough to be in a position of relative authority, yet young enough to still engage in battlefield combat.
Cindels’s fate has never been explored, and Phasma’s origins remain a mystery, so it’s impossible to know for sure whether or not Cindel really did become the First Order’s highest-ranking Stormtrooper, so I ask you, was Phasma really Captain Towani?