Lupita Nyong’o, Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie officially join “Star Wars: Episode VII” cast

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Disney and Lucasfilm have officially announced the casting of Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie to join “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

Lupita Nyong’o recently came to the spotlight via her breakthrough performance in “12 Years a Slave,” which earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Gwendoline Christie is currently starring in the hit television series “Game of Thrones” and will appear 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.”

The pair joins the already-announced cast consisting of returning “Star Wars” veterans Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and many more.

Episode VII opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

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