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Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie join 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

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Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie have joined the cast of the much anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

It has been confirmed Monday, June 2 by the studio and various reports including The Hollywood Reporter and Variety that the Academy Award winner and Game of Thrones actress have signed up to star alongside Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, and Anthony Daniels will return to the series.

Nyong’o also confirmed the news through her Instagram account posting a Star Wars picture captioned,

I can finally say it out loud and proud: I’m going to a galaxy far far away!

Nyong’o is best known for her heart-wrenching performance in 12 Years a Slave, for which she won an Academy Award.

Christie currently stars as Brienne of Tarth in HBO's Game of Thrones, and has a supporting role in the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy said, “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.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams with a screenplay by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.

Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters Dec. 18, 2015.

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