After a major chunk of initial casting confirmations, there was a noticeable dearth of female characters which was worrisome. This announcement should allay those fears.
Here is the relevant excerpt from the official press release, issued by Lucasfilm:
"Lupita Nyong’o joins the recently announced cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. This year, her breakthrough performance in 12 Years a Slave earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Gwendoline Christie, currently starring in the hit television series Game of Thrones as Brienne of Tarth, has also been cast in the production. She can next be seen 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.”
I am excited about these castings especially Lupita Nyong'o. You don't pick someone as talented as Lupita for a cameo role. I am hoping she is a bad ass Sith Lord !
What do you guys feel ? What is the role they would fit in to ?