‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Adds Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o and ‘Game of Thrones’ Regular to Cast
Two Star Wars posts before noon (Central Time)! Lordy Lordy!
While you were scanning those recent set pics, JJ Abrams & Co. committed a casting coup right under your nose. As if attempting to answer the overwhelming cries for ‘more diversity’ amongst the cast, Episode Seven added Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones series regular Gwendoline Christie (a/k/a Brienne of Tarth) to the already impressive cast. Is June 2nd, 2014 the day Star Wars: Episode VII actually became interesting? I’d definitely say so.
From the official press release on StarWars.com:
“Lupita Nyong’o joins the recently announced cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. This year, her breakthrough performance in 12 Years a Slave earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Gwendoline Christie, currently starring in the hit television series Game of Thrones as Brienne of Tarth, has also been cast in the production. She can next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the Saga Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.”
I’ve already seen some on Twitter trying to tear this news down, saying that Nyong’o and Christie’s characters are probably “smaller” and that this is “all a stunt” to try and silence critics of the project’s diversity. Look — I’m as cynical as they come (and not really a Star Wars fan), but I also know that I haven’t read the script (nor has anyone else outside of Disney/Bad Robot) and this casting news fills me with utter joy. It’s always going to be “not good enough” for the Think Piece Legion who seek out chances to be offended by every single thing under the sun, but for me this casting news is pretty damn sweet.