Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones Gwendoline Christie have been added to the cast of Star Wars Episode VII.
Nyong’o won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Oscar Awards ceremony for her performance in 12 Years a Slave. Ever since claiming the Oscar, the industry has been wondering which role she will take next — although there have long been rumors that Nyong’o was under consideration for Star Wars
Christie plays Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s Game of Thrones and will also appear in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.The Star Wars galaxy has plucked a the fan favorite from the Game of Thrones universe. The 6-foot-3 British actress, who will be 35 this year, is a literally towering presence as the unlikely female knight Brienne of Tarth
Though we don’t know who they play, it’s news that should be greeted with a joyful Ewok dance by many fans, especially those who were critical that the film’s earlier casting announcement was distressingly light on women
Nyong’o and Christie are bold additions to an already impressive cast for the J.J. Abrams-produced-and-directed film. John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow, as well as the returning stars of the original trilogy, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
Star Wars Episode VII will come to theaters December 18, 2015.