Lupita Nyong'o joins Star Wars

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie have been cast in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.

Lupita Nyong'o has been cast in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.

The Oscar-winning actress - who earned critical acclaim for playing tortured slave Patsey in '12 Years a Slave' - has joined the eagerly anticipated sci-fi sequel along with 'Game of Thrones' star Gwendoline Christie.

Producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement: "I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII. It's thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape."

The two actresses join cast members old and new in the seventh 'Star Wars' film, which is directed by J.J. Abrams and currently in production in Abu Dhabi.

Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker are all back for the new film.

They will be joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Max Von Sydow and Domhnall Gleeson.

Nyong'o shot to worldwide fame with her starring role in '12 Years a Slave'. She is next set to voice a character in a live action adaptation of 'The Jungle Book'.

Meanwhile, Christie is best known for playing the towering Brienne of Tarth in 'Game of Thrones'. She recently signed up for a role in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2'.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.


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