Lupita Nyong'o & Gwendoline Christie
Newly minted 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie (who plays Brienne of Tarth) are joining the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says of the pair, "I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII. It's thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape." The ladies join a cast that includes Star Wars originals Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker alongside saga newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Directed by J.J. Abrams, Episode VII opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.