Big news from a galaxy far, far away: Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o has joined the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII in an unknown role. Also in the casting announcement, via StarWars.com, is news that Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) has nabbed a part too, though like Nyong'o her role was unfortunately not revealed.
This is the first major part for Nyong'o since winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her riveting performance in last year's 12 Years a Slave. Her character in the Star Wars sequel--set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi--is rumored to be that of a major villain. There was also chatter that she might be playing the daughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Nyong'o and Christie join a cast that already includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow, as well as returning stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker
Star Wars: Episode VII is due to hit theaters on December 18, 2015. Who do you think the women are playing?