Keri Russell is the latest recruit to Lucasfilm’s Star Wars franchise. The actress is reportedly in early talks to appear in the next installment of the Star Wars saga, the currently untitled Episode IX to be directed by J. J. Abrams.
Understandably, with the secrecy surrounding the film and its storyline, there is no word as to whether the Americans actress will be fighting alongside the heroes of the Resistance or be allied with the evil First Order. Variety does note that “[t]he role calls for action-heavy fight scenes.”
Russell reportedly landed the role earlier this week after Abrams and Lucasfilm executives spent the last two months meeting with a number of potential candidates.
With production set to begin by the end of the month, Variety states that Abrams should be casting two other roles to join the current Star Wars trilogy regulars of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver.
This would not be the first time that Russell would work with Abrams. The two paired in 2006 for Mission: Impossible III. Russell’s career got its first big boost when she was cast in the lead of the Abrams-created television series Felicity.