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Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie join ‘Star Wars’ cast

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J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars sequel has added another pair of intriguing actors to its cast: Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie

Nyong’o, who won an Academy Award for her performance in 12 Years a Slave, will now be joining franchise newcomers Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega. The Kenyan actress and media darling will actually be the first performer since Alec Guinness to appear in a Star Wars movie with an Oscar in tow.

Gwendoline Christie, best known to TV fans as Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, will also appear in an unspecified role. Christie is also set to appear in another blockbuster sci-fi franchise, playing Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay later this year.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said 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.”

Star Wars Episode VII will be in cinemas 18 December 2015

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