LucasFilm released the list of cast members for “Star Wars Episode VII” a little over a month ago. The list included John Boyega (“Attack the Block”), Daisy Ridley (“Scrawl”), Adam Driver (HBO’s “Girls”), Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), Andy Serkis (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Domhnall Gleeson (“About Time”), Max von Sydow (“Minority Report”), and original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. Now, they have added two more names to that cast list with recent Academy Award winner, Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) and Gwendoline Christie (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”).
I already loved the cast prior to this announcement, but these two names just make me even more excited. LucasFilm is clearly looking for both racial and gender diversity within a large group of extremely talented people. One of the major complaints prior to this news coming out was the fact that there should be more than one female cast member. Well clearly, they’re stepping in the right direction.
The best thing about this news is that they aren’t just choosing actresses for sex appeal. They’re choosing actresses who have talent. Nyong’o just won an Oscar for such a powerful performance in “12 Years a Slave.” As for Christie, I must be honest. I have not watched “Game of Thrones” yet, but from what I hear, she’s great in it.
So what do you guys think about this casting? You happy that the “Star Wars Episode VII” cast is so diverse? Make sure you comment down below.
“Star Wars Episode VII” opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 18, 2015.
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