Gugu Mbatha-Raw Officially Cast in Star Wars: Episode VIII
Tonight, Collider.com can exclusively report that Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights) is joining the cast for Star Wars: Episode VIII. While negotiations can always break down and nothing is official until Disney announces it, they feel confident in their reporting.
No details have been leaked regarding her role or character name.
Curiously, Mbatha-Raw flew under the radar when it came to Episode VIII casting. Latino-Review did report a few days ago that she was being eyed for the film, and at the beginning of September, Collider.com reported that Gina Rodriguez, Tatiana Maslany and Olivia Cooke were on the shortlist for the female lead and that they were doing chemistry reads with Force Awakens star John Boyega.
Mbatha-Raw will be seen later this year in the NFL drama Concussion and early in 2016 with The Free State of Jones. She’s also co-starring in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, which opens in 2017.
Star Wars: Episode VIII opens May 26, 2017.
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