The cast of Star Wars VII has two new members, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie.
Nyong’o shot to fame as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at this year’s awards. Christie has become well known to television watchers for her recurring role in HBO’s Game of Thrones, in which she plays Brienne of Tarth. She is about to become a much more familiar face to moviegoers as well, as she takes on the role of the rebel leader Commander Lyme in the final two Hunger Games films, Mockingjay parts 1 and 2.
The two will be joining co-stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrision Ford, Andy Serkis, Adam Driver, John Boyega and many, many more on the J J Abrams directed sequel, which is shooting now in London and Abu Dhabi.
There is no word as yet on what characters Nyong’o and Christie will be playing, but judging by the nature of their previous performances we can expect a pretty strong (not to say ‘badass’) female presence in the next Star Wars film. Who knows, Episode VII might even end up passing the Bechdel test – or are we being too optimistic?