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

12 Years A Slave

Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and British actress Gwendoline Christie are the latest additions to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

The news was announced via the Star Wars website, although it did not say what roles the actresses would play.

In a statement, Lucasfilm president and producer 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.”

Nyong’o won her Oscar for her performance in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. She has also recently starred in Non-Stop alongside Liam Neeson.

Christie, meanwhile, is best known for playing the warrior Brienne of Tarth in hit HBO series Game of Thrones.

John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow are among the newcomers to the Star Wars cast, while former heroes Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker will all appear in the new film.

Star Wars: Episode VII is due in cinemas on December 18, 2015.

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