Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie Cast in Star Wars: Episode VII

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It looks like Star Wars: Episode VII is getting some strong female characters after all.

Disney and Lucasfilm have officially announced that 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o has joined the cast of the new film, along with Gwendoline Christie, best known as Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones. There’s no word yet on what characters they might be playing, but their additions should be a sigh of relief to fans who were concerned that there wouldn’t be enough women in the film.

The cast of Star Wars: Episode VII already includes franchise veterans Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker, along with newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Shooting has already begun, and the film will hit theatres on December 18, 2015.

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