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‘Star Wars’ Casting Alert! Luptia Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie Join ‘Episode VII’

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and “Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie will be heading to a galaxy far, far away! The actresses are joining the cast of the J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

Executive producer, 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.”

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Nyong’o and Christie join previously announced actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow, along with original “Star Wars” stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

"Extra's" AJ Calloway caught up with Lupita at the 2014 CFDA Awards, and the two chatted about her being cast in the role.


The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.