After the announcement of the “Star Wars: Episode VII” casting, which features the up-and-coming actors Oscar Issac and Adam Driver, and the original trilogy’s three stars, (Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill) the internet was ablaze with debate about the lack of female characters. Many were even campaigning for recent Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o to be cast, perhaps as Asajj Ventress.
The new sequel trilogy has answered the internet’s wishes by adding two female characters. Lucasfilm recently announced the casting of both Lupita Nyong’o and “Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie. Lupita’s breakout role in “12 Years A Slave” proved she has the talent to go far, and “Star Wars” is the perfect vehicle for her. Gwendoline Christie shines as Brienne of Tarth on the popular HBO show, and will also be appearing in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2”. No announcements have been made as to which characters they will play.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said via press release “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.” We will see the whole ensemble in action when the J.J. Abrams helmed “Star Wars: Episode VII” opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.
Source: Entertainment Weekly