Lupita Nyong’o Joins Star Wars Cast!

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Lupita Nyong’o has found her first big post-Oscar role. She will be joining the cast of Star Wars Episode VII, along with Games of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie, aka Brienne of Tarth.

Lucasfilm officially announced the cast additions today, though rumors of Nyong’o meeting with director J.J. Abrams had sparked following her Oscar win. Fans couldn’t help but feel disappointed when Nyong’o was not among the initial cast announced.

That announcement referenced only one woman aside from a returning Carrie Fisher – newcomer Daisy Ridley. The names of women in the cast raised Internet eyebrows, but the Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit reported that Abrams had “another substantial role to fill” for a woman.

Nyong’o will also voice Rakcha in Disney’s new Jungle Book movie, and Christie will star in the final installments of The Hunger Games series.

In the meantime, expect the Game of Thrones and Star Wars fan communities to converge even more.

Nyong’o was nominated for several awards so far, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and two Screen Actors Guild Awards including Best Supporting Actress, which she won.

She was also awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, which made her the sixth black actress to win the award, the first African actress to win the award, the first Kenyan actress to win an Oscar, and the first Mexican citizen to win the award.

She also became the fifteenth actress to win an Oscar for their debut performance in a feature film.

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