‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ to feature female stormtrooper

'Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie is rumoured to be playing a stormtrooper in JJ Abrams' film

The new Star Wars film looks set to introduce the first female stormtrooper.

As the BBC’s Lizo Mzimba first noticed, actress Amybeth Williams has updated her profile on casting website Spotlight to include the acting credit: “2014, Film, Storm Trooper, STAR WARS, Disney, J.J. Abrams.”

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Mzimba went on to speculate that 30-year-old Williams could be playing a stormtrooper herself, or could alternatively be some kind of double for Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie, who has been linked to the new Star Wars movie and has a similar stature to Williams, who stands at six foot tall.

Director JJ Abrams has already increased the diversity of the franchise’s stormtroopers by casting John Boyega as the first black stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is set to open in cinemas on December 18.

The film takes place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Plot details leaked online in August suggest the film will follow the search for missing Jedi Master Luke Skywalker against the backdrop of the threat posed by a weapon of mass destruction. The film’s script was penned by Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan. George Lucas, who is now retired, contributed to its story.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, JJ Abrams has also cast Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and British actress Christina Chong.