We never want a day to go by that news about Lupita Nyong’o isn’t popping up in our various feeds, and today’s is way more interesting than her latest red carpet look. (Though keep those coming too, please.) The Oscar winner is about to give you a new reason to get excited about Star Wars as the beauty was just cast in Episode VII. Let the geeking out commence!
When it was first announced that a new Star Wars movie was coming, we weren’t exactly planning our strategy for a midnight screening. We have fond memories of watching the first three with our fam growing up and revived our love for the franchise when Hayden Christensen (#crush) and Natalie Portman (#crush) made us believe in lightsabers once again. But with all the casting news rolling in for Star Wars: Episode VII, we’re back in.
Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie are the latest additions to an already-impressive cast. They join the OG actors — superstars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill along with Kenny Baker (aka R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (better known as Chewbacca) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO, guys!!) are all returning for the next chapter in the series.
Lupita and Gwendoline join Team SW Newbies, which has its own must-watch roster including Girls’ Adam Driver, Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac and John Boyega. John (who you might know from Attack the Block) has been making Star Wars fans’ dreams come true with up-to-date Tweets from the set. His latest echoes our feelings about today’s casting news: “Best kept secret! These women are going to be epic!” *RT* We’ll start planning the midnight screening when we know more about what roles Lupita and the gang are taking on. There’s time, the movie is shooting now with plans for a December 2015 release.
Are you into Star Wars? What do you think of the upcoming movie?