You wanted more female characters in "Star Wars: Episode VII?" You got 'em. The J.J. Abrams-directed continuation of the saga has added two more force-to-be-reckoned-with actors in Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o and "Game of Thrones" star Gwendoline Christie.
"I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII," Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said via press release. "It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape."
Agreed, Kathleen! Lupita had been long rumored to be joining the cast, but Christie — who plays the morose female knight Brienne of Tarth on "Game of Thrones," and will appear int he upcoming "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" — is a welcome surprise.
Though at the time we don't know who the duo are playing, Lupita was previously rumored for the part of Obi-Wan Kenobi's granddaughter, and we're going to go out on a limb and say the gigantic Christie is playing a sexy Wookie.
Is that mean? It might be a little mean. Sorry. Christie is awesome. We love her. But she is very tall, just saying.
John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the Saga Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
"Star Wars: Episode VII" is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.