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

After announcing much of its cast in April, Lucasfilm added to the Star Wars: Episode VII roster on Monday, announcing that Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie had joined the cast.


Lupita Nyong'o joins the recently announced cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. This year, her breakthrough performance in 12 Years a Slave earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Gwendoline Christie, currently starring in the hit television series Game of Thrones as Brienne of Tarth, has also been cast in the production. She can next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.

"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."

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the Saga Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

Nyong'o has long been rumored to be a part of Episode VII, with fans still holding out hope that she'd be in the cast when word got out that JJ Abrams and crew weren't done casting the sequel yet.

No word yet on who Nyong'o and Christie will be playing. Obviously.
Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie Join 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Reviewed by Bill Kuchman on 6/02/2014 Rating: 5

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