Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie confirmed as latest Star Wars cast members
02 JUNE 2014
Following months of speculation Lupita Nyong'o has been confirmed as a cast member on the new Star Wars film.
Joining Lupita in Monday's announcement was Games of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie.
"I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII," said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "It's thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape."
Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie join the cast of Star Wars
Lupita also tweeted the news to her followers, writing: "I can finally say it out loud and proud: I'm going to a galaxy far far away!"
She added a link to an Instagram page which showed the famous Star Wars logo.
Other new cast members previously announced include Girls star Adam Driver, Inside Llewyn Davis actor Oscar Isaac,Domnhall Gleeson, and British actor John Boyega.Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow, and Daisy Ridley will also star.
Casting and plot news have been top-secret for the latest Star Wars film, which will be set six years after Revenge of the Jedi.
We do now however that Episode VII will started filming at Pinewood Studios in May; it is the fifth Star Wars movie to be shot in the UK.
A picture of the new cast — including R2-D2 in a crate — was posted on the official Star Wars website when the first round of announcements were released.
A picture of the new cast was posted on starwars.com
It’s been an incredible year for Lupita, who broke out in the slavery drama 12 Years A Slave, winning her the Academy Award for Best Supporting actress.