It was confirmed today that Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, and Game of Thrones superstar Gwendoline Christie have been cast in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. This news broke earlier today, leaving all of the haters who were upset that only one female role revealed when the casting was originally revealed. Check out the official statement after the break.
All of the haters can sit quietly in the corner now. Not only were two actresses cast in one of the most anticipated movies of the century, but they are both phenomenal choices. Nyong’o won her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 12 Years a Slave and absolutely crushed it. It will be interested to see her range of talent after she had a minor role in Non-Stop with Liam Neeson. And then we have Christie, who has absolutely dominated every scene she has been in on Game of Thrones. Christie most recently joined the cast of The Hunger Games in Mockingjay. She definitely has every big franchise locked down doesn’t she? Both actresses were rumored to have been in talks to star in film, and now it’s a reality. I look forward to seeing who they be portraying in this film.
Check out the official statement from StarWars.com:
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.
Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters worldwide on December 18, 2015
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