May the force be with her! After months of speculating which major role Lupita Nyong’o would land after her Oscar winning turn in “12 Years A Slave,” director J.J. Abrams has handpicked the stunning Kenyan beauty for  “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

In a press release from Lucasfilm, president Kathleen Kennedy said: “I could not be more excited about Lupita…  joining the cast of Episode VII, it’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”

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Nyong’o will join a stellar cast including Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, Max Von Sydow as well as original “Star Wars” members: Harrison Ford (Hans Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker).  With the addition of Nyong’o, “Star Wars VII” will now have two Black actors  featured in their upcoming feature.  John Boyega, who won rave reviews in his 2012 sci-fi indie “Attack The Block” was cast back in April.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” is slated for a December 2015 release.

Congrats to Lupita!



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