The force is apparently quite strong with FREE STATE OF JONES and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES actress Keri Russell. According to Variety, the RUNNING WIDE alum is in early talks to join the cast of J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: EPISODE IX. The role that Russell is considering would require her to perform action-heavy fight scenes, which we all know that she's more than capable of playing after seeing her kick ass in projects like MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III and THE AMERICANS. The search for an additional female cast member to be added to STAR WARS: EPISODE IX began roughly two months ago, with the studio setting their sights on Russell just before the Fourth of July holiday. Two more cast members are expected to join the on-going space opera before the project rolls into production at the end of this month. Of course, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver have already been confirmed to return for the third film in the latest Star Wars trilogy. For the moment, we … [Read more...] about Keri Russell is in early talks to join the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX
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Within minutes of news breaking that Keri Russell would appear in Star Wars: Episode IX, online commentary had seemingly split entirely into two camps. Firstly, those expressing exuberant glee that director J.J. Abrams would be re-teaming with his Felicity lead for the next installment in the mammoth pop-culture juggernaut. And, more interestingly, those concerned with the idea that Russell could play the mother of the current trilogy’s central character, Daisy Ridley's Rey. Beyond the most base reasoning — Russell is a white brunette, like Ridley, who plays Rey! — every other female lead in the franchise, with the exceptions of Laura Dern’s Holdo and Kelly Marie Tran's Rose, could be argued to be a relative of Rey. But there is, at least, an argument as to why Rey’s mother (and, for that matter, her father) could and, perhaps, should make an appearance in the final movie in the unfolding trilogy, whether or not she’s portrayed by Russell. … [Read more...] about Why Keri Russell Should Play Rey’s Mother in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’
Keri Russell is going from the Cold War to Star Wars. Russell, who is coming off the series finale of The Americans, is in talks to join the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX, the next Star Wars installment from Lucasfilm. J.J. Abrams, who helmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is directing the movie, which may wrap up the main Star Wars saga featuring the Skywalker bloodline. Abrams co-wrote the script. The movie, which begins shooting in London this month, reunites Dairy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver, among others. It is unclear what Russell’s role will be. The actress previously worked with Abrams in Mission: Impossible III. More notably, the two worked together on Felicity, the seminal turn-of-the-century WB drama that made Russell into a household name. Since 2013, the actress has been starring in FX’s 1980s-set Americans, which centered on a husband and wife who are Russian sleeper agents in the United States. Disney, the parent company of … [Read more...] about Keri Russell in Talks to Join ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’
Keri Russell joins J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX Golden Globe winner Keri Russell (The Americans, Felicity, Free State of Jones) will be teaming up once again with award-winning writer-director-producer J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Westworld) on the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX, Variety has confirmed. The pair also previously collaborated on Mission: Impossible III, where Russell starred alongside Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Ving Rhames. Little is known about Russell’s role in the film, but the outlet notes that it will call for action-heavy fight scenes. The actress recently finished production on the final season of FX’s The Americans, and her other recent credits also including Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Dark Skies. Star Wars: Episode IX will conclude the third trilogy of Star Wars movies that began with Star Wars: The Force Awakens followed up by Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Following … [Read more...] about BREAKING: Keri Russell joins Star Wars: Episode IX!
x Casting is officially underway for Star Wars: Episode IX. Variety brings word today that Keri Russell, star of The Americans, Mission: Impossible and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, has clinched a mystery role in the J.J. Abrams threequel. And not a moment too soon, as filming is due to begin in the United Kingdom later this month. Russell had previously collaborated with Abrams on Mission: Impossible III back in 2006, and we understand this is her first major foray into a Star Wars movie. The question, really, is whether she’ll find herself amongst the Resistance, or joining the ranks of the First Order. One thing’s for sure, Variety states that Abrams and Lucasfilm executives had been meeting with several actresses for the role over the past two months, before ultimately settling on Russell just prior to the July 4th holiday in America. That tells us that this is much more than a fleeting bit part for Keri Russell – fitting, really, given her … [Read more...] about Star Wars: Episode IX Taps Keri Russell For Mystery Role