Blessed be: Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones!) have joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. And thus the Star Wars-sequel-universe is saved from the malignant and false logic of "but Star Wars is a dude franchise anyway."
When the original cast list made its way onto the Internet about a month ago — containing but one new female character — those Star Wars fans cognizant of the fact that the Earth's population is 51 percent female were more than a little dismayed. The next day, however, a source told The Hollywood Reporter that there was another "substantial" female role that had yet to be cast.