Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie Join the Cast of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

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Check out the first photo of the 'Star Wars: Episode VII' cast.
Just in from the Star Wars universe: Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie are suiting up for roles in Episode VII. Lucasfilm announced the casting Monday with a statement. “I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”

Nyong’o you of course recognize as perhaps the biggest breakthrough star since Jennifer Lawrence, winning an Oscar in March for her role in 12 Years a Slave, becoming pretty much everyone from Miu Miu to Lancôme’s muse and being crowned People’s most beautiful woman. It’s been rumored for several months that Nyong’o was in talks for a role in the film.

Christie currently stars in Game of Thrones as your favorite character, Brienne of Tarth.

Nyong’o and Christie join an ensemble cast that already includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow. Original Star Wars stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will also appear in Episode VII.

It’s not clear what roles Nyong’o and Christie will play, but the film’s script reportedly centers around a jedi apprentice (played by Boyega). The twin children of Princess Leia and Han Solo will also feature heavily in the film and it was one of those roles that Nyong’o was initially in talks to play. Adam Driver will play the film’s main villain.

Star Wars: Episode VII is to be directed by J.J. Abrams and is currently in production, scheduled to be released December 18, 2015.