Lupita N'yong'o

The Force is now officially with Lupita Nyong'o

03 Jun 2014

Oscar-winner bags big part in upcoming Star Wars movie

Notoriously hard-to-please fans of sci-fi stalwart Star Wars set the social media world alight yesterday after universally approving 12 Years A Slave star and Oscar-winner Lupita's inclusion in the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

The next installment in the franchise, due to be released worldwide on 18 Dec 2015, has high hopes pinned to it with JJ Abrams taking on the directorial helm and a slew of old cast members, including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, reprising their original roles.

Gwendoline Christie, currently starring in cult TV show Game of Thrones as Brienne of Tarth and soon to be seen on the big screen in the next The Hunger Games saga, Mockingjay Part 2, was also confirmed to have been cast in the movie.

Much of the plot of the story, which will be set 30 years after the events in 1983's Return of the Jedi, is still under wraps but filming has already rumoured to have been started in Abu Dhabi earlier this month. The emirate’s desert is the perfect backdrop for Jabba the Hutt’s planet Tatooine, home of Anakin and Luke Skywalker.