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Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o joins Star Wars cast

Published on Jun 3, 2014 6:42 AM
 

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o has joined the cast of the new Star Wars movie, alongside the original stars of the legendary series, producers said on Monday.

Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie will also appear in Star Wars: Episode VII, which began filming last month and is due for release in December next year, they said.

Nyong'o, who won the best supporting actress Academy Award in March for her role in historical drama 12 Years a Slave, had already been rumoured to be joining the Star Wars cast.

Her casting and that of Christie - who plays female knight Brienne of Tarth in the hit TV series - were confirmed on the new movie's official website.

Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, DC on May 3, 2014. Lupita Nyong'o has joined the cast of the new Star Wars movie, alongside the original stars of the legendary series, producers said on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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