Lupita Nyong'o has found her big post-Oscar role: she is joining the cast of Star Wars Episode VII, along with Games of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie (a.k.a. Brienne of Tarth).
I can finally say it out loud and proud: I'm going to a galaxy far far away! http://t.co/b39DjEEAzB— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) June 2, 2014
Lucasfilm announced the cast additions today, though rumors of Nyong'o meeting with director J.J. Abrams had swirled following her Oscar win. Fans couldn't help but feel crestfallen when Nyong'o was not among the initial cast announced. That announcement only referenced one woman aside from a returning Carrie Fisher: newcomer Daisy Ridley. The dearth of women in the cast raised Internet eyebrows, but the Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit quickly reported that Abrams had "another substantial role to fill" for a woman.
In the meantime, expect the Game of Thrones and Star Wars fan communities to converge nicely/crazily ...
Gwendoline Christie, may the Force be with you. pic.twitter.com/pMEHmyJATh— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) June 2, 2014