Lupita Nyong’o joins ‘Star Wars’ cast

'Game Of Thrones' actor Gwendoline Christie also joins production

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Nyong’o, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years A Slave at this year’s Academy Awards, is joined by fellow new addition Gwendoline Christie, best known for her role as Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones.

“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in a statement on StarWars.com. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”

The eagerly-anticipated sequel is due for release in December 2015 and recently began shooting in London. The seventh installment of the much loved franchise has begun shooting at London’s Pinewood studios ahead of a December 2015 release. Original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will return for the film alongside new actors Adam Driver, Andy Serkis and Oscar Isaac.