Star Wars: Episode IX Enlists Keri Russell for 'Action-Heavy' Role

Star Wars Episode IX release date confirmed as John Boyega starts countdown

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".

Episode IX isn't scheduled for release until December 20th, 2019 which gives a bit of reprieve from the Star Wars fatigue said to have plagued Solo at the box office.

According to Variety, Abrams met with other actresses about the role, but made his decision about Russell earlier this week. The casting would reunite her with the film's director J.J. But let's be real, the role was probably hers all along, given her long working relationship with Abrams, who created her most famous role in his hit series Felicity.

Abrams previously directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first instalment in the rebooted franchise, and returned to take charge of the new movie after Colin Trevorrow dropped out over creative differences.

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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. "I would do anything for JJ, honestly, I would do craft service".

J.J. Abrams and Keri Russell go way back.

Given this speculation, it's safe to bet there will be more Star Wars news in the not so distant future. Abrams reportedly has at least two more major roles to cast in the film before shooting begins later this month, but those roles also remain mysterious.

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