Lupita Nyong’o Joins ‘Star Wars’ Cast

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Three months after winning an Oscar, Lupita Nyong’o is going to a galaxy far, far away.

The Walt Disney Co. announced Monday that Nyong’o is joining the cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The 31-year-old actress became a breakthrough star for her award-winning performance in “12 Years a Slave.”

Also added to the cast was Gwendoline Christie, best known for playing the hulking Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

When the principal cast of “Episode VII” was announced last month, the lack of women raised some eyebrows. Nyong’o and Christie join an ensemble that includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and Andy Serkis.

Production is underway for the movie, which is being directed by J.J. Abrams. It’s slated to open in December 2015. (AP)

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’12 Years’ Vies With ‘Hunger Games’ at MTV Awards

Oscar winner “12 Years a Slave” will face off with blockbusters like “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” at the MTV Movie Awards.

The network announced Thursday the nominees for its 24th annual Movie Awards. The other movie of the year nominees are “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “American Hustle.”

Most of the best male and female nominees reassemble recent Oscar contenders including Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong’o and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The awards’ best kiss category will have a clear favorite: Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence’s smooch in “American Hustle.”

For best shirtless performance, Jennifer Aniston from “We’re the Millers” will vie with DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Conan O’Brien will host the show live April 13 from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre. (AP)