Actresses join fellow newcomer Daisy Ridley and original star Carrie Fisher.

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For those wishing there were more women in the new Star Wars movie, director J.J. Abrams has answered prayers by adding a newly minted Oscar winner and a Game of Thrones warrior.

12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o, who won the Academy Award for best supporting actress earlier this year, and Gwendoline Christie, the 6-foot-3 British performer who plays Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, have officially joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Lucasfilm announced the news Monday.

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

Fans were vocal on social media about a lack of female starpower after the initial casting announcement in April mentioned only two actresses: newcomer Daisy Ridley and returning star Carrie Fisher.

Nyong'o, Christie and Ridley join fellow Star Wars newbies John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow plus original actors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker in Episode VII, slated for release Dec. 18, 2015.

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