Star Wars 7: Lupita Nyong'o as Asajj Ventress. But who is she?

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Actress Lupita Nyong'o is set to play Asajj Ventress in Star Wars: Episode VII The Order of the Jedi. But what do we know about this Ventress character.

Asajj Ventress was a female Dathomirian Dark Jedi and a valuable Dark Acolyte to Count Dooku. Originally a Nightsister from Dathomir, Ventress was taken as a slave to Rattatak and trained as a Jedi Padawan by Jedi Knight Ky Narec. However, after Narec was slain, Ventress gave into her anger and began walking the path of the dark side; taking up the lightsaber of her dead master, she trained herself in the Jar'Kai style of lightsaber combat, before slaying all the warlords on Rattatak and installing herself as its ruler.

Eventually, Ventress's actions came to the attention of Count Dooku, and after a test of her abilities, she became a commander in the Confederacy of Independent Systems. She had yearned to learn the ways of the Sith from Dooku and believed if she had proved herself worthy, she would become his apprentice. During the Clone Wars, she became one of the most feared beings in the galaxy, notorious for her defeat of several Jedi. As the war continued, Ventress became the bitter enemy of both Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Although Asajj was around during the clone wars. We don't know how her species ages. Yoda was 900 years old after all.

Also a lot of the Extended Universe is to be left at the wayside so characters could show up anywhere

We are very excited about Lupita taking on this role. Are you?

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