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

15 hours ago in Viral Videos

The cicadas are coming …

24-overlay

Billions of cicadas will soon emerge after spending 17 years underground and they have a lot of catching up to do.

21 hours ago in Sports, Viral Videos

It’s not ‘Regulators:’ Warren G butchers ‘Ball Game’

20-overlay-1

WATCH: The rapper messed up the first line and sang off-key.

23 hours ago in Music

Radiohead shut down social media accounts

thomyorke

The "High & Dry" stars deleted all of their postings from their Facebook and Twitter accounts and frontman Thom Yorke also wiped his Twitter page clean on Sunday.

23 hours ago in Music

Prince’s motorcycle jacket from ‘Purple Rain’ film on auction

purplerainREUTERS

A motorcycle jacket worn by the late pop star in his 1984 film when he rides through the woods with the movie's leading lady, Apollonia, will be sold at auction.

24 hours ago in Music

U2 guitarist The Edge makes history as he rocks Sistine Chapel for cancer

u2edge

The Edge, lead guitarist with the Irish band U2, has become the first rock star to play in the Sistine Chapel, a venue he described as "the most beautiful parish hall in the world."