Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o is joining the cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII” according to Entertainment Weekly on Monday. The announcement was made in a statement released by Lucasfilm, which also revealed the casting of “Game of Thrones” star Gwendolyn Christie.
Nyong’o, who became known for her breakthrough performance in “12 Years a Slave,” joins a cast that was previously lacking female characters. It is unknown as to who either actress will play, but both women will add elements of excitement to the film. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in the statement, “I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of ‘Episode VII.’ It’s thrilling to see this extraordinary talented ensemble taking shape.”
The casting of Nyong’o confirms rumors of the film being the actress’s next big role after her memorable performance as Patsy in the Steve McQueen Oscar-winning film. She will join a cast filled with newcomers. Along with Christie, Nyong’o will be working with Adam Driver (HBO’s “Girls”), John Boyega (“24: Love Another Day), “Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) and Max von Sydow (“Minority Report”). Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels will be returning from the original trilogy.
Joining the cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII” is just the latest in good news for Lupita Nyong’o who was recently graced the cover of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” issue. She has also been featured on many of the high-profile magazine covers. Her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress was the one moment where Nyong’o realized she made it. Besides a small role in Liam Neeson’s action movie “Non-Stop” and a voice role in the upcoming modernized version of “The Jungle Book,” this will be her next major role and one that “Star Wars” fans will be looking forward to.