June 02, 2014 9:10am PT by THR Staff
'Star Wars: Episode VII' Adds Lupita Nyong'o
Star Wars: Episode VII has added Lupita Nyong'o and Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie to its cast, it was announced Monday.
The two join a cast that already includes Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley as well as returning stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.
“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII," Lucasfilm president and Episode VII producer Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”
Nyong'o, who won the best supporting actress Oscar for her breakthrough performance in 12 Years a Slave, met with Abrams about a part in the film prior to this year's Oscars.
Christie currently plays Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones. She's also part of the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.
Shortly after the main Episode VII cast was announced via a table read photo from London, sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Abrams was still looking to cast an actress in a substantial female part. The production was previously seeking a mixed-raced female in her 20s, THR revealed earlier this year.
The film, being directed by J.J. Abrams from a script by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, began filming last month, with shooting taking place in London and Abu Dhabi. The movie is set to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.
In March, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that Episode VII will be set 30 years after the events in 1983's Return of the Jedi.