Twitter and Deadline confirm, Lupita Nyong’O and Gwendoline Christie have joined the cast of the upcoming Star Wars film.
We reported last month that writer/director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan had teased that, despite a full casting announcement, further announcements had yet to be made. Of course, his video sparked speculation again that previous rumors about Zac Efron’s participation in the movie might be correct after all. Unfortunately, Efron’s casting is not to be, but we’re definitely more pumped to hear confirmation that the brilliant, Oscar winning Lupita Nyong’O will appear in the highly anticipated seventh installment, as well as Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, “Brienne of Tarth”).
Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, told deadline,
“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.”
In other news, people have been a little concerned the new film would rely too heavily on CGI rather than tangible props — a contributing factor to the disappointing differences between the last trilogy and the original. Early this morning (6/2), photos surfaced from the set of Episode VII (courtesy of TMZ) which confirm that Abrams is steering clear of too much computer generated imagery. Called “practical effects,” Abrams has some pretty amazing props on the set.
Check out more pics here!