Typical of most Star Wars: Episode VII news, the announcement of two new cast members comes with very little information to dig into. That being said, the folks at StarWars.com were kind enough to announce the two latest additions to the cast.
Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie have officially been added to the cast for the upcoming film.
The announcement seems to be a bit of a deviation from the normal Star Wars casting. It appeared that the group would cast a group of primarily unknown actors. The idea is simple: if a fan sees an actor as someone from another film or project, they become disconnected from the Star Wars universe.
Nyong’o was recently featured in 12 Years a Slave, where she earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Christie is best known as Brienne of Tarth on the hit series Game of Thrones and is currently cast as Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay movies. Neither actress is likely to be called an “unknown” though it can be said that they have only recently become stars.
Adam Driver is also in the cast and breaks the mold of the “unknown” actor. Driver has appeared in multiple projects but has a recurring role on Girls.
The recently revealed actresses promise to offer a depth to the film that may not have been expected from the original cast announcement. The experience that both will bring to the project will surely be welcome among the ensemble cast of new comers and originals from the Star Wars films.
Nyong’o and Christie will join John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow for the film. The original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker are listed as part of the movie as well.
More and more news begins to surface about the movie, which is due to be released on December 18, 2015.