Game Of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie swaps her sword for a light sabre in new Star Wars movie
Game Of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie has been added to the cast of the new Star Wars film.
British actress Christie has built up her profile after appearing as Brienne of Tarth in the epic fantasy series shot in Northern Ireland and will soon be in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
Christie's dominating screen presence – she plays a masculine, loyal and honourable heroine – has earned her both fans' and critics' praise.
Also starring in the next instalment of the sci-fi favourite will be Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o. The Mexican-Kenyan has landed her role after drawing acclaim for her performance in 12 Years A Slave and landing an Academy Award earlier this year.
They join many original members of the first Star Wars trilogy – including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford – in the cast for the eagerly anticipated Episode VII which began production last month.
Kathleen Kennedy, the president of production company Lucasfilm, said: "I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII. It's thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape."
Composer John Williams returns once again to create the score for the film, as he has done on all six Star Wars films. He won an Oscar for his work on the first.