Star Wars: Episode VIII adds an acclaimed Doctor Who alum to its cast

It’s the mind-melding (yep, it's from Star Trek) of two beloved sci-fi franchises as Star Wars: Episode VIII adds a former Doctor Who star to its cast.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Jupiter Ascending), who played Martha Jones’ (Freema Agyeman) sister Tish on the long-running BBC series, has been cast in the new Star Wars movie. The actress will be joining Benicio del Toro, who's already signed on the dotted line to play the (possible) villain of Episode VIII.

The report comes from Collider who claim it’s a done deal and that she’s on board the Disney-produced movie. Just last week, Latino Review reported that Gugu Mbatha-Raw had joined Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) on the shortlist to play one of the female leads in director Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Unfortunately, the site doesn’t have any info pertaining to the role Mbatha-Raw will play, but it was revealed that all the potential actresses had done chemistry reads with Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ John Boyega, who plays Finn. Intriguing.

I don't know about y'all, but I think this is good news -- despite the fact that it looks like we’ve lost Tatiana Maslany. Again. The Orphan Black actress has apparently signed on for a Boston Marathon Bombing movie which, as Collider points out, would probably make her unavailable for Episode VIII. Like the Collider report, I also wonder if it was Maslany who decided to pass on Star Wars, or if it was Star Wars who passed on her. As for Mbatha-Raw, I like her. She was brilliant in Belle and Beyond the Lights, and I think she’ll be a nice addition to a movie set in a galaxy far, far away.

What do you guys think of the casting of former Doctor Who alum Gugu Mbatha-Raw on Star Wars: Episode VIII?

(via Collider)

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