The newest additions to the Star Wars: Episode VII cast ought to silence feminists and female critics who griped about the lack of female roles in the new film. Lucasfilm just added two Hollywood powerhouses: Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie.
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It doesn’t get any more female or any more awesome than that.
Rumors of Nyong’o joining the all-star cast had circulated for a while but definitely picked up after her Oscar win for best supporting actress in 12 Years a Slave. Then in April, People Magazine named her 2014’s most beautiful person. Nyong’o will grace the Episode VII with her acting chops AND adds to the already diverse cast. Great move, Lucasfilms.
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But who says Nyong’o will have all the fun? You know and love Christie as the warrior Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, but she’s about to break into movies in a big way. She’ll make her big blockbuster debut in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay this November. She plays the tough, rebellion Commander Lyme and will be in both Mockingjay movies. Christie is a beast and may the force be with her.
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“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy on starwars.com. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”
No character details have been revealed yet but whatever they are, Nyong’o and Christie will surely nail them.
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