Casting news! Collider.com has reported:
Tonight, we can exclusively report that 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.
This appears to be a pretty solid rumor as her name has come up repeatedly in the last few weeks. Early word was that she was going to be testing with John Boyega for a few days along with a few other candidates. However, the role once thought to be for one person turned out to be for two actors to fill, according to Latino Review. If everything pans out, and it probably will on this one, Gugu Mbatha-Raw will be joining del Toro and the surviving cast members of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2017’s Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Nick Naranjo noticed this exchange a while ago:
It looks like he might have agreed (and put her in his Star Trek movie).