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Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o has officially been cast in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The news was announced Monday by Lucasfilm. Also joining the cast is Gwendoline Christie, best known for her role as Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones.”
“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said on Monday. The two actresses will be joining the already announced ensemble cast, including Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, and Max von Sydow.
Following the announcement, Nyong’o posted on Instagram a photo of the “Star Wars” logo, proclaiming: “I can finally say it loud and proud: I’m going to a galaxy far away!” She’s obviously been working on that announcement for quite some time now.
It’s unclear at this stage what roles the two new actresses will be playing. Nyong’o recently won an Oscar and much acclaim for her supporting role in last year’s “12 Years a Slave.”
The film, directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, will hit theatres on December 18, 2015.