STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Adds Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie

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Just because most of the cast was announced and filming is already underway, you didn’t really think Star Wars casting was over, did you?  Star Wars casting is never over.  Today, Lucasfilm has announced that Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne from Game of Thrones) have joined Star Wars: Episode VIIA few months ago, there was word that Nyong’o had met with director J.J. Abrams about the film, and it looks like those conversations worked out.   As for Christie, this is the first time we’ve heard her name connected to Episode VII, and this is another big film for the talented actress as she’s also signed on to co-star in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.  “I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in a statement.  “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”  One of the criticisms of the previously-announced cast was the lack of female actresses.  We don’t know how big Nyong’o and Christie’s roles will be, but it’s exciting to have them on board.

Hit the jump for the press release.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015, and also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

Here’s the press release from StarWars.com:

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.”

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the Saga Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

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  • SorryNotSorry

    OK, now I’m officially on board with this movie. These two are amazing (hopefully this won’t interfere with Lupita playing Storm in the next X-Men *crosses fingers*)

    • Mephisto

      They aren’t as hot as Halle Berry or Charlize Theron. At the same time it’s great that they are casting actors that are extremely passionate about acting like Lupita and the chick from Game of Thrones.

      As for Halle Berry playing Storm. She had an accent in the first movie as Storm should have and then in the sequels that accent was no where to be seen. Berry never took the role seriously and I’m looking forward to a recast.

      • SorryNotSorry

        What does their subjective “hotness” have to do with anything? Where did Charlize even come from?

      • Mephisto’s Teaching

        Charlize Theron is also blond and tall. She’s the hotter version. Dughhhhhh.

        “Hotness” has to do with sex appeal, eye candy, whatever you want to call it and it puts buts in theater seats sometimes.

        Get off the crack my friend, their is no way you are this stupid. lol Just messing with you. I’ll take your reply as a misreading.

      • SorryNotSorry

        You’re an idiot. “Hotness” has nothing to do with qualifications for the job. Calm your tits, neckbeard.

      • Mephisto’s Smarter than D-bag

        Yes, it does “kid.” Film making is a visual medium. That’s why actors have several headshots and full body shots. Just like modeling looks matters depending on the film, but especially in Summer flicks. You know what you are a d-bag moron, so do your parents a favor and go play in traffic. But, before that come out of the closet and let your folks know that you like to suck male genitals. Hey, I’m for gay marriage so just come out of the closet.

      • Polarboy

        You have clearly demonstrated that you are the moron.

      • SorryNotSorry

        Ummm, I am out of the closet, dickbag. That’s not an insult.

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        Knock off the childish insults, or you’ll both be banned.

      • Guest

        I think you are confusing movies with porn!

  • The Flobbit

    Random and unexpected, but thoroughly reassuring.
    It will be great to see these awesome actresses in a galaxy far, far away!

    • WOND

      Exactly.
      And… reacting to the first sentence of the article:
      Casting and casting announcements are two different things.

  • The Destroyer

    Lupita blew me away in 12 Years of Slave, so I’m excited about that. And I really hope that Christie is going to play a female Sith.

    • Grayden

      I could see her playing Imperial military, if there’s still Imperial elements around that is. She’s built for it.

  • JK1193

    Thank God!!! I have been hoping that Lupita was still attached. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac and Andy Serkis to be in Star Wars, now I’m stoked.

  • Strong Enough

    Please tell me that Obi-Wan had a serious case of Jungle Fever rumor is true.

  • Redjester

    I’m digging the casting thus far (even if no one on my wish list made the final cut).

    • MITIOR

      who was on your wish list?

      • Redjester

        I had to do a little digging to find this, but this was my original list before the auditioning rumors started:

        Michael Fassbender
        Gary Oldman
        Eddie Redmayne
        Tom Hiddleston
        Saiorse Ronan
        Bryan Cranston
        Benedict Cumberbatch
        Asa Butterfield
        Dakota Fanning
        Brit Marling
        Joaquin Phoenix
        Donald Sutherland
        Dane DeHaan
        Taylor Kitsch
        Hugo Weaving
        Ben Wishaw
        (Will never happen) Daniel Day Lewis
        Ralph Fiennes
        Rooney Mara
        Viggo Mortenson
        Nicholas Hoult
        Aaron Johnson
        Jack Huston
        Natalie Dormer
        Michelle Fairley (or pretty much anyone from GOT)

        There would probably be a few alterations/new additions now, but this was my original list.

      • MITIOR

        That’s half of Hollywood! thou I like most of them, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Pedro Pascal would be great even if only in small roles. I agree anyone from GoT is good for the movie.

      • Redjester

        True that it’s not a very narrowed down list, but I feel like I have some obscure and inspired picks in there as well. Anyway, who was I to know that many of these actors would later be rumored for parts in the film or go on to make big blockbuster films!?

  • http://www.discogs.com/ AdamShitwood

    Star Wars Episode VII: Boner Killers

  • Yurine

    Yesssssss

  • Aquartertoseven

    Who is this Lupita woman everyone always goes on about? Is she that good of an good actress? I can’t say the same for the lead black guy, he was rubbish in Attack the Block, which was a godawful film.

    • MITIOR

      She will steal your heart in 12 years a slave.

    • Lovecraftlives

      Shut up! Attack the Block was great, and so was he.

      • Aquartertoseven

        One of the worst films I’ve ever seen. The characters were completely unlikeable, the acting was atrocious and the writing, the dialogue, I wouldn’t wipe my ass on it.

      • Pk

        I couldn’t understand a fucking word they were saying. Stupid uk teens and their gangsta lingo!

      • Aquartertoseven

        They’re called chavs. It’s funny how people think we talk like 19th Century Lords but this is what a lot of people sound like, if very exaggerated. An middle/upper class idiot’s view of how they speak.

  • Grendal Sven

    I’m assuming Gwen’s playing a wookie.

    • Grendal Sven

      I kid, I kid.

      Gwen’s a beautiful lady, her best feature is her smile, which she doesn’t do in GOT. Ever.

  • MITIOR

    These are two women that I won’t mind seeing for the rest of my life in the Star Wars movies. They’re very talented and will bring such a positive force to the Saga! Couldn’t be more excited.
    Hopefully Gwendoline will play a bounty hunter or something involving some action! Maybe a new Jedi order founding member, badass, MAce Windu style??

    • Lovecraftlives

      The actors they have, including these two, make me wonder what kind of Star Wars film we’re going to get.

      • MITIOR

        I have no idea, they’re all strong actors. I wonder who’s going to be there for more than 1 movie.

      • Lovecraftlives

        It could be that some of these actors may end up having smaller roles for this upcoming film and then have larger ones in the other two. When the first trailer comes out, we will have a better idea on what’s going on.

      • MITIOR

        When are starwars trailers usually released? Can’t remeber for sure.

      • Doug_101

        About six months out from release – at least that’s how the Prequels went. With this one though? I wouldn’t be surprised if we got a teaser even farther out than that.

      • MITIOR

        With JJ Abrams will probably get a trailer the day of the premiere showing nothing.

  • Christian Grey

    I bet Gwendoline Christie plays chewbacca’s love interest :D

    • MJ

      LOL. Looks like a makeup factory truck fell on her face.

  • MJ

    Here’s a weird thought. Suppose Fischer is “off the wagon” with her medication and fitness regime and not doing so well? Maybe her dailies are looking just awful to JJ?

    Well, Christie looks a lot like Fischer. Could they be hedging their bets here???

  • Michael Singer

    One of them should play a villain. Either of them could play a badass yet also interesting villain.

  • mattritchey

    Worst photos ever of these two?

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