Lupita Nyong’o And Gwendoline Christie Join Star Wars: Episode VII

The Oscar winner and the Game Of Thrones star join the cast

Lupita Nyong'o And Gwendoline Christie Join Star Wars: Episode VII

by Helen O'Hara |
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Good news for the single men in a galaxy far, far away! Two more women have joined Star Wars: Episode VII in the shape of 12 Years A Slave's Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o and Game Of Thrones kickass warrior Gwendoline Christie, aka Brienne of Tarth.

There's no word yet on the roles the pair will play, but Nyong'o has been rumoured for quite some time as a potential cast member or even a female lead - and her casting might explain why she hasn't taken any other high profile jobs on the back of her Oscar win. After all, if she's been in talks for Star Wars it's fair enough to hold out for that.

Christie, meanwhile, is currently on the road in Game Of Thrones, where she has become one of the most popular characters and is currently part of an unlikely double-act. She will also be appearing in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, the first part of which hits cinemas in November. Let's all hope that her blossoming big-screen career doesn't encourage George R.R. Martin to suddenly kill her off.

“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII," says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”

The pair join Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Max Von Sydow, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in the film, which is already shooting in the UK and in the desert. J.J. Abrams is directing from a script by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams.[[Poll1130]]

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