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Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie cast in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie cast in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
June 3, 2014 JEREMY FEIST

Lupita Nyong'o

When last we left Star Wars: Episode VII, I may have kind of sort of slightly hinted (“hinted”, yeah) that I wasn’t thrilled with how few female parts they wrote for the movie. Well, like a blessing from nerd heaven, two new female roles have been added to Episode VII, and they’ve been filled by Game Of ThronesGwendoline Christie and Lupita Nyong’o. Let it never be said that the people behind the new Star Wars movies don’t know how to correct course like BOSSES. Via THR

The two join a cast that already includes Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley as well as returning stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. “I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” Lucasfilm president and Episode VII producer Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.” Nyong’o, who won the best supporting actress Oscar for her breakthrough performance in 12 Years a Slave, met with Abrams about a part in the film prior to this year’s Oscars.

See? Now I can watch the new Star Wars movies! I mean, I always was going to see them, because my boyfriend is a huge sci-fi nerd and has every Star Wars and Star Trek movie on DVD (along with Dune and Galaxy Quest. Literally anything with a spacey title really.) and he desperately wants to see this. But at least now, I can watch it without having to worry about Tumblr getting all bent out of shape.

Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.