Lupita Nyong'o & Gwendoline Christie Cast In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Lupita Nyong'o on March 2, 2014 -- Getty Images

The "Star Wars" universe just added two female acting powerhouses!

After taking some heat following the initial "Star Wars: Episode VII" casting announcement (which included only two female actors, returning star Carrie Fisher and newcomer Daisy Ridley), Disney/Lucasfilm has announced that Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o and "Game of Thrones" star Gwendoline Christie have joined the movie.

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

(Gwendoline Christie as Brienne in 'Game of Thrones' Seaosn 3 - HBO)

PHOTOS: 'Star Wars: Episode VII' - Meet The Cast!

The actresses join previously announced new cast members John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow, along with original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker in the new film.

"Star Wars: Episode VII," directed by J.J. Abrams, opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

-- Jesse Spero

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