According to a report from Variety, Keri Russell (Felicity, The Americans) is joining the cast of Star Wars Episode IX. Russell has worked with J.J. Abrams previously on both Felicity and Mission Impossible, so they have a history, and The Americans just recently wrapped its run on FX.
Sources tell Variety that J.J. Abrams is in early talks with the “Felicity” alum to cast her in “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which Abrams is writing and directing. Russell and Abrams last collaborated on 2006’s “Mission: Impossible III.”
The role calls for action-heavy fight scenes and Russell has shown her ability to perform tough stunts in projects like FX’s “The Americans,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
Abrams and Lucasfilm execs met with several actresses for the role in the past two months and settled on Russell right before the Fourth of July holiday. Abrams will likely cast two more actors by the time the film begins production at the end of the month.
Nothing is known about her character at this time, but we will provide updates as they come along.
Star Wars Episode IX begins filming soon, and is scheduled for release December 2019.
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