Greetings and Salutations Filmsters! The Force is getting stronger with Star Wars Episode VII with the announcement of two new cast members.
Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o will be joining the already star filled line up for the JJ Abrams directed sequel. Nyong’o won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress last year for her role in 12 Years a Slave. She is definitely a welcome addition to the cast and we look forward to seeing her in the Star Wars universe.
Another welcome addition to the cast is Gwendoline Christie. Those of you who watch Game of Thrones know her as Brienne of Tarth. I am hoping they put her sword swinging skills to good use by giving her a light saber. Christie will also be appearing on the big screen 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.”
With the initial cast announcement, many criticized Lucasfilms for the lack of female cast members in the movie. The addition of these two talented performers will help with the gender ratio of the cast. I can not wait to see what roles they will play.
Star Wars Episode VII is shaping up to be the Star Wars movie everyone wants it to be. From the great casting choices to the use of practical effects to the return of John Williams to compose the music are examples that Star Wars Episode VII is in good hands. We will know for sure when it finally hits theaters December 18, 2015
So what do you think fellow film fans? Excited for the new Star Wars film? Does the addition of these two actresses help calm the criticism of Episode VII having a male heavy cast? Let us know what your thoughts are.