The Walt Disney Co., producers of Star Wars: Episode VII, made it official today when they formally announced the long-rumored casting of Lupita Nyong’o, who won a Best supporting Actress Oscar earlier this year for 12 Years a Slave, and Gwendoline Christie, who plays the popular Brienne of Tarth on GAME OF THRONES.
Other cast members (announced back in April) include: John Boyega (Attack the Block); Daisy Ridley (even I’ve never heard of her!); Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows); Adam Driver (GIRLS); Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch and Inside Llewyn Davis); the legendary Max Von Sydow; and motion-capture artist Andy Serkis. Also, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew will be returning to the roles that made them famous.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement:
I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII. It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.
Conspiracy theorists have been abuzz since March, complaining that Nyong’o hasn’t been given any high-profile roles since winning her Academy Award, noting that her only announced project is playing Rakcha the wolf in Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book. Well, this job will have Nyong’o’s name on the quivering lips of fanboys from now until Dec. 18, 2015.
Of course, it remains to be seen if Episode VII will be as shitty as Episodes I, II and III, or as putrid as director J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, so we should probably hold off on saying Nyong’o has gotten a “good” role; for now let’s call it just a high-profile job.