Oscar winner and Game of Thrones star get Star Wars roles

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o and Game Of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie have been recruited to the cast of the new Star Wars film.

Lupita Nyong'o won an Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave Credit: Reuters

Mexican-Kenyan Nyong'o landed her role after praise for her performance in 12 Years A Slave and winning an Academy Award earlier this year.

British actress Christie has stars as Brienne of Tarth in Game Of Thrones and will soon be in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.

Gwendoline Christie stars in Game of Thrones Credit: Reuters