Academy award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has landed a role in the next Star Wars film.
The film’s earlier casting announcement was met with criticism for its lack of female roles.
Nyong’o, 31, a graduate of Yale’s drama school, made her breakthrough in 12 Years a Slave last year as Patsy, the fearsomely powerful but agonizingly trapped field slave who forges a sisterly bond with the movie’s main character, the kidnapped free man Solomon Northup.
Ever since claiming the Oscar, the industry has been wondering which role she will take next — although there have long been rumors that Nyong’o was under consideration for Star Wars. Many industry-watchers have speculated that the film business might be at a loss for how to utilize the actress. EW’s own Mark Harris even asked, “Why can’t Lupita Nyong’o find a role worthy of her?“
Nyong’o will join stars Harrison Forn, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew in the J.J. Abrams-produced-and-directed film. Star Wars: Episode VII is slated to be released in December 2015.
No word on what role Nyong’o will play in the film.
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