J.J. Abrams has a daunting project ahead of him in directing the new installments for the “Star Wars” film franchise and Episode VII is set for a 2015 release date. The film already has an eclectic blend of old veterans, including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Meyhew and Anthony Daniels, and new faces, such as Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Max von Sydow, and production of the film is already underway. Now, two familiar yet new faces are added to the mix.
Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie have signed on to join the new “Star Wars” franchise. Lupita Nyong’o recently won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as the tortured slave Patsey, in “12 Years a Slave.” Her performance in that picture earned his multiple accolades, and in my own professional opinion, she gave the best acting performance of 2013. Christie is a standout performer in the HBO series “Game of Thrones” and she will be seen in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt II,” in 2015. No word as to who these actresses will play in the “Star Wars” universe but a major triumph indeed for the saga to land two standout actors.