Back in March it was rumored that 12 Years a Slave co-star Lupita Nyong'o would join J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. Today Lucasfilm announced that she has officially been cast along with Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had this to say 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."
There's no concrete information on who they will be playing, but there's a good chance Nyong'o will be playing a villain in the story. We'll just have to wait and see.
Episode VII is currently shooting, and the actresses will join the previously announced cast that includes 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, and Kenny Baker.
The film is set to be released in theaters on December 18th, 2015.