Keri Russell in talks to join 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Sergio Cunningham
July 7, 2018

According to the trade, the role calls for "action-heavy fight scenes".

But as ever, there will be a host of new characters, and it has been reported the The Americans star Keri Russell has joined the cast.

Star Wars: Episode IX is set to arrive in theaters on December 20, 2019. Abrams, who she also collaborated with on Mission Impossible III back in 2006. Matt Reeves, who co-created Felicity with Abrams, directed Russell in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

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Ahmed Best, the actor who played Jar Jar Binks, posted on social media about how close he came to suicide after the backlash for his portrayal of the Gungan hero. In 2013, TV Line asked if she'd be interested in joining the franchise with the helm, and she joked that she was, "waiting for my call", adding, "I would do anything for J.J. I would do anything for JJ, honestly, I would do craft service". Lucasfilm hasn't confirmed the news, and Variety hasn't named an official source for the information. Will she be a feisty Rebel who helps the Resistance after most of their fleet was destroyed in The Last Jedi? Probably not, Disney has stayed away from the Star Wars Expanded Universe, so it doesn't seem likely they would start taking from it at this point in the trilogy.

Christopher McQuarrie claimed on Twitter that he is "cured" of wanting to make a Star Wars movie after he was pulled into some online backlash with Rian Johnson.

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