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Lupita Nyong’o ADDED To ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast, Lands First Role Since Winning The Oscar + Private Memorial Service For Maya Angelou Will Stream Live Online

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It’s finally official! Lupita Nyong’o just landed her first role since taking home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Also, Maya Angelou’s private memorial service will be livestreamed online for all to witness. Get the deets inside….

We’ve all been wondering what Lupita Nyong’o's (above at the 7th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic) next major role would be after her epic Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in her theatrical debut and now the cat is out of the bag! Although Lupita starred in action thriller Non-Stop after 12 Years a Slave, the film hit theaters days before she accepted her Oscar award.

Since being named the "Most Beautiful" by PEOPLE, optioning the film rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's best-selling novel Americanah and other countless accolades, the Kenyan starlet has landed her next big role in the upcoming highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, shutting down all of the naysayers who believed the “hype” had worn off.

Rumors started to circulate that the Academy Award winning actress would be acting in the sci-fi film after she met with director J.J. Abrams a few weeks before the Oscars and now those rumors have been confirmed.

Along with “Games of Thrones” actress Gwedoline Christie, the YBF actress will join the J.J. Abrams ‘Star Wars’ cast including John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

Legendary film producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy released a statement on the film’s newest cast mates saying,

“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII. It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”

No word (yet) on her role in the upcoming film but the film has already started shooting and we can expect to see it in theaters on December 18, 2015. Can’t wait.

Congrats Lupita!

And in other news...

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Legendary poet Dr. Maya Angelou will be laid to rest on Saturday after passing away in her Winston-Salem home last week.

Family and friends will hold a private memorial service for the Phenomenal Woman at 10AM on Saturday, June 7th at Wake Forest University's Wait Chapel. Due to limited seating capacity, the university will live-stream the memorial online for the masses to see.

Maya’s son Guy B. Johnson is also planning additional events in other cities around the country to celebrate his mother’s life. Deets on the upcoming events will be released on a later date.

To view the live stream, log on to http://mayaangelou.wfu.edu/memorial-service/livestream/

R.I.P. Dr. Angelou.

Photos: Getty




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