‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ News: Gugu Mbatha-Raw is officially cast

Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is joining Episode VIII. It was rumored, and now Collider has confirmed it.

The Mary Sue:

According to Collider, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is officially joining the cast of Star Wars: Episode VIII. Earlier this week, we reported that the Belle star was in consideration for a lead role in the film.

Collider reports exclusively,

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights) is joining the cast. While negotiations can always break down and nothing is official until Disney announces it, we feel confident in our reporting.

In addition to Mbatha-Raw’s main role, Tatiana Maslany and Gina Rodriguez, and Olivia Cooke are also reportedly up for parts in the film.