Production is about to begin on Lucasfilm’s next Star Wars movie, Episode IX. J.J. Abrams returns to direct, with actors like Daisy Ridley and John Boyega reprising their roles from past films. Now, casting is underway for new characters, and Abrams is eyeing a familiar face.
According to Variety, Keri Russell is in early talks for a role in Episode IX. She and J.J. Abrams worked together on the Felicity television series, as well as Abrams’ first movie as a director, Mission: Impossible III. While Russell’s deal isn’t closed yet, the fact that she and Abrams have collaborated before can only help.
As usual, details on Russell’s potential role are under wraps. Variety just says that the character requires “action-heavy fight scenes.” The site adds that Abrams intends to cast two more actors before the film begins production at the end of the month.
Stay tuned for more news as we have it. Star Wars Episode IX hits theaters on December 20th, 2019.
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