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Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie join cast of Star Wars: Episode VII

06.02.2014

More official casting news from the STAR WARS: EPISODE VII camp! Lupita Nyong'o has been a rumored name for a while, and now it is comfirmed, alongside Gwendolyn Christie! Lupita of course rocked her acting socks off in 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and Gwendoline aka Brienne has been taking names on HBO's Game of Thrones for a few seasons now.

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As with the previous casting news, Abrams and crew prove they aren't messing around. J.J. Abrams previously teased that there was a prominent female role to be cast, and it appears we know have two great female actresses joining what's already an impressive ensemble. There's some great talent on board with this picture, and I think die-hard fans will have a lot to be excited about come next Christmas.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Daisy Driver, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and now Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie, will blast into theaters on December 18th, 2015.

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2:30PM on 06/03/2014

Ventress? Unlikely.

Remember, Episode VII takes place roughly 60 years after The Clone Wars. What are the chances that she still lives, or hasn't aged?
Remember, Episode VII takes place roughly 60 years after The Clone Wars. What are the chances that she still lives, or hasn't aged?
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9:59PM on 06/02/2014
JJ just increased the amount of black people in Lucas' universe by about 20 percent. And that's a generous overestimation.
JJ just increased the amount of black people in Lucas' universe by about 20 percent. And that's a generous overestimation.
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2:28PM on 06/03/2014
This is why it's so very important never to bother with trying to satisfy PC hyperventilationists. You never will be satisfied. With anything. Ever.
This is why it's so very important never to bother with trying to satisfy PC hyperventilationists. You never will be satisfied. With anything. Ever.
8:44PM on 06/02/2014
Awesome that they got Lupita Nyong'o! Wonder if the witches of Dathomir will show up.
Awesome that they got Lupita Nyong'o! Wonder if the witches of Dathomir will show up.
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6:58PM on 06/02/2014
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6:32PM on 06/02/2014
I'm thinking Lupita will play Ventress. A picture of what appears to be a Night Sister surfaced on line this weekend, so it is very possible.
I'm thinking Lupita will play Ventress. A picture of what appears to be a Night Sister surfaced on line this weekend, so it is very possible.
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3:44PM on 06/02/2014

Liking the cast of this so far.

Except that guy from Girls. I don't like his face.
Except that guy from Girls. I don't like his face.
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9:50PM on 06/02/2014
He looks like a pedophile lol
He looks like a pedophile lol
3:43PM on 06/02/2014

Interested

I've never read the extended novels or anything but I'm a massive Star Wars fan - I have a full size stormtrooper replica in my cinema room and a tattoo of Bobba Fett on my arm - can someone explain to me the rumours I keep hearing about Luke having a son. The last 2 prequels basically involved Yoda cock-blocking Anakin as the Jedi are not allowed to love ? I wonder if this would be explained in the new series and if indeed Luke is married - be interested if anyone has views on this.
I've never read the extended novels or anything but I'm a massive Star Wars fan - I have a full size stormtrooper replica in my cinema room and a tattoo of Bobba Fett on my arm - can someone explain to me the rumours I keep hearing about Luke having a son. The last 2 prequels basically involved Yoda cock-blocking Anakin as the Jedi are not allowed to love ? I wonder if this would be explained in the new series and if indeed Luke is married - be interested if anyone has views on this.
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8:48PM on 06/02/2014
I think in the novels Luke as the only Jedi left standing abolished the rule when he rebuilt the Jedi Order. His wife Mara Jade was also a Jedi.
I think in the novels Luke as the only Jedi left standing abolished the rule when he rebuilt the Jedi Order. His wife Mara Jade was also a Jedi.
2:12AM on 06/03/2014
Thanks for the post back - I guess I'm being a tad picky but you think about these things given like you said Luke was the last Jedi in ROTJ however if his wife then ends being a Jedi did she survive the events of ROTS or did someone else train her as if you remember in AOTC Yodi told Qui Gon Anakin was too old to be trained and he was like 7 or 8. Don't get me wrong I love the continuity idea of the older cast having children it just comes with some potential plot holes and when you consider
Thanks for the post back - I guess I'm being a tad picky but you think about these things given like you said Luke was the last Jedi in ROTJ however if his wife then ends being a Jedi did she survive the events of ROTS or did someone else train her as if you remember in AOTC Yodi told Qui Gon Anakin was too old to be trained and he was like 7 or 8. Don't get me wrong I love the continuity idea of the older cast having children it just comes with some potential plot holes and when you consider the whole reason Anakin turned to the dark side was because I had to hide his love for Padme if the Jedi had let love be part of their ideals it may not have ended up like that. That being said he did turn into the most badass villain ever :)
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2:58PM on 06/02/2014
The cast was fine before this. No need to add more female leads. And no, I don't care who I offend. This is a case of trying to appeal to the feminist audience. "oooh, oooh, we need a strong black woman." Not me. I'll have my science fiction feminist-free thank you very much.
The cast was fine before this. No need to add more female leads. And no, I don't care who I offend. This is a case of trying to appeal to the feminist audience. "oooh, oooh, we need a strong black woman." Not me. I'll have my science fiction feminist-free thank you very much.
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3:09PM on 06/02/2014
You like your sci-fi woman free, just like your sex life!
You like your sci-fi woman free, just like your sex life!
3:13PM on 06/02/2014
This does stink of art by committee, which does tend to suck. I have no real problems with female action heroes.

But women who engage in warfare tend to look like this:

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Not like glamour models from a tween fashion magazine.

This does stink of art by committee, which does tend to suck. I have no real problems with female action heroes.

But women who engage in warfare tend to look like this:

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Not like glamour models from a tween fashion magazine.

3:24PM on 06/02/2014
Mr. Kurtz, I bow to you.
Mr. Kurtz, I bow to you.
3:33PM on 06/02/2014
That's a false assumption, though. There have been reports that there would be more than one new, significant female role before any of the cast had been announced. Lupita Nyong'o, now confirmed, was long rumored for one of those roles. Some deals take longer than others.
That's a false assumption, though. There have been reports that there would be more than one new, significant female role before any of the cast had been announced. Lupita Nyong'o, now confirmed, was long rumored for one of those roles. Some deals take longer than others.
5:05PM on 06/02/2014
You're a moron and you don't even know what their roles. So hush child.
You're a moron and you don't even know what their roles. So hush child.
5:16PM on 06/02/2014
"the cast was fine before this"??? Did you read the script?

Next time before you type , ask yourself : "Am I outting myself as a jaded virgin?"
"the cast was fine before this"??? Did you read the script?

Next time before you type , ask yourself : "Am I outting myself as a jaded virgin?"
1:59PM on 06/02/2014
Maybe this will appease the shrieking feminazis.
Maybe this will appease the shrieking feminazis.
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3:25PM on 06/02/2014
You must really enjoy a good sausage fest.
You must really enjoy a good sausage fest.
5:11PM on 06/02/2014
The type of shrieking feminists nagging everyone over inequality of representation aren't exactly the sort I'd want to crash my parties anyway.
The type of shrieking feminists nagging everyone over inequality of representation aren't exactly the sort I'd want to crash my parties anyway.
1:07PM on 06/02/2014
This movie sure has one hell of a great cast.
This movie sure has one hell of a great cast.
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2:07PM on 06/02/2014
You say that about every movie though.
You say that about every movie though.
7:16PM on 06/02/2014
Not Fantastic Four...
Not Fantastic Four...
7:57PM on 06/02/2014
The new Fantastic Four cast can all go fuck themselves.
The new Fantastic Four cast can all go fuck themselves.
1:04AM on 06/03/2014
Touché. F that cast. Haha
Touché. F that cast. Haha
12:59PM on 06/02/2014
Excellent. Two beautiful and talented ladies.
Excellent. Two beautiful and talented ladies.
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12:55PM on 06/02/2014
That's two lovely ladies to have onboard. I hope they get to be dangerous warrior women both of them.
That's two lovely ladies to have onboard. I hope they get to be dangerous warrior women both of them.
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12:55PM on 06/02/2014
Best Star Wars cast ever.
Best Star Wars cast ever.
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12:49PM on 06/02/2014

Amazing news

So... Brienne of Darth?
So... Brienne of Darth?
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12:58PM on 06/02/2014
Maybe she could be from the fighting witch clan of Ventress?
Maybe she could be from the fighting witch clan of Ventress?
12:37PM on 06/02/2014

Ordinarily, I'd be concerned about so many actors in one movie

but I could not be more excited about the talent on display in this series. Between the old guard, and young turks like Adam Driver, John Boyega and now Lupita Nyong'o, this movie's looking better and better.
but I could not be more excited about the talent on display in this series. Between the old guard, and young turks like Adam Driver, John Boyega and now Lupita Nyong'o, this movie's looking better and better.
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12:34PM on 06/02/2014

Sweet!

Brienne of Tarth in Starwars, nice! Good to see some strong leading ladies joining the cast who are more than capable of kicking ass.
Brienne of Tarth in Starwars, nice! Good to see some strong leading ladies joining the cast who are more than capable of kicking ass.
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