Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie were cast in the new Star Wars movie (brought to you by J.J. Abrams of Star Trek Into Darkness) which means I’m 1000% more interested in this project than I ever was before.
— Star Wars (@starwars) June 2, 2014
I admit I’ve never watched any of the Star Wars films and I don’t know why the prequels are horrible (although I have been told to burn any and all DVD copies of them) but this cast is too good to ignore. The first cast photo showed John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, both of whom slayed me with their performances in Attack the Block and Inside Llewyn Davis, respectively.
However, I was admittedly turned off when the initial cast photo released by Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm showed mostly white men.
Newcomer Daisy Ridley was the only actress to be announced other than original cast member Carrie Fisher a.k.a. Princess Leia. With the addition of Nyong’o and Christie, however, I can safely say that I’m actively looking forward to Star War VII.
Here’s the official statement from Lucasfilm:
Lupita Nyong’o joins the recently announced cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII.” This year, her breakthrough performance in “12 Years a Slave” earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Gwendoline Christie, currently starring in the hit television series “Game of Thrones” as Brienne of Tarth, has also been cast in the production. She can next be seen in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.”
“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”
Still no details on Nyong’o and Christie’s roles, but we will post them as soon as we find out!
I can finally say it out loud and proud: I’m going to a galaxy far far away! http://t.co/b39DjEEAzB
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) June 2, 2014