Game of Thrones Favorite Joins Star Wars VII Cast

It’s rare-like-a-unicorn that TVLine has cause to report on a movie casting, but then Game of Thrones‘ warrior Brienne of Tarth up and lands a role in the ridiculously anticipated Star Wars VII.

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Lucasfilm has announced that Gwendoline Christie — who joined Thrones early in Season 2 — will appear in the first film of the new Star Wars trilogy, as will Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave).

“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”

Director J.J. Abrams presumably laughs in the general direction of your inquiry about what roles either actress will be playing.

Christie and Nyong’o join a cast that includes John Boyega (24: Live Another Day), Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Star Wars vets Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

Currently filming in Abu Dhabi, Star Wars VII is slated to hit theaters December 18, 2015.

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