News

Actress Lupita Nyong’o cast in new ‘Star Wars’ film

Actress Lupita Nyong’o cast in new ‘Star Wars’ film

'STAR WARS:'Nyong'o, whose first film role last year in "12 Years a Slave," earned her the Academy Award for best supporting actress, will also joining Gwendoline Christie of HBO's "Game of Thrones," in the film. Photo: Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has been cast in the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII,” Walt Disney Co’s Lucasfilm said on Monday.

Nyong’o, whose first film role last year in “12 Years a Slave,” earned her the Academy Award for best supporting actress, will also joining Gwendoline Christie of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” in the film. Their roles have not been announced.

Nyong’o, 31, a Kenyan born in Mexico and educated at Yale University, became the darling of this year’s Hollywood awards season for her emotionally raw portrayal of Patsey as well as her fashion choices on the red carpet.

“Star Wars: Episode VII,” will open worldwide on Dec. 18, 2015, and will also star Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.

The film, directed by “Star Trek” filmmaker J.J. Abrams, will also feature original “Star Wars” actors Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.

Disney has promised three new installments in George Lucas’ six-film saga after it purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4.05 billion.

Disney also plans to release “Star Wars” spinoff films that are considered stand-alones from the saga.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Mary Milliken)

Recent Headlines

in Local

Gang member will face attempted murder charge in Blaine shooting

Fresh
handcuffs

Steve Ibarra was just released after doing time for an assault from around the same time.

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: July 29

benjerrys

A look back at the Hollywood headlines that went down in history.

in Local Sports

Bellingham Bells lose to Bend 6-5

bellingham bells pcl logo generic 4

The Bells are 27-16 on the season and the Elks are 31-11.

in Local Sports

Godley, Peralta lead Diamondbacks past Mariners, 8-4

chiphale

David Peralta had three hits and two RBIs

in Local

Seattle watchdog recommends Seattle officer be terminated

golf

  SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle police officer is at risk of losing her job over an arrest involving a…