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Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o and Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie Cast in 'Star Wars Episode VII'

Back in March, Latino Review reported there were talks with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o to join J.J. Abrams' production of Star Wars: Episode VII and today that scoop was confirmed. She has been officially cast and fans of the Hollywood darling couldn't be more ecstatic. 

Another fan favorite was also announced as Gwendoline Christie who plays Brienne of Tarth on the monster hit HBO show, Game of Thrones, was also added. No details about their roles have been officially released though. 

When a photo of a table read with the Episode VII cast was released a lot of the conversation online was the utter lack of female representation in significant numbers. What a difference a month makes as two of the most relevant actresses in pop culture are now joining Carrie Fisher and Daisy Ridley in one of the most anticipated films of 2015.

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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.


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