That sound you just heard was me and a legion of other fangirls (and guys) screaming. In joy.
Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendolyn Christie have been CONFIRMED for Star Wars Episode VII.
Here’s the news from Lucasfilm via Star Wars.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.”
Lupita Nyong’o is a stellar actress. She’d be amazing no matter what, but I hope she’s a villain. As for Brienne, I’m really, really, really, really hoping we get to see Gwendolyn Christie swinging a saber. The gifs have already begun. I want to see it in real life.
Plus, there’s a video after the break that gives you a hint of how it would look.
Video tip via @CommonRoom