Since taking over for former Episode IX director (and current Jurassic World 3 director) Colin Trevorrow, J.J. Abrams has been hard at work preparing for the final episode of the Star Wars arc he had an integral hand in bringing back to the big screen, with The Force Awakens. While Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), and co. are set to return, for the first time without a member of the original trio, Abrams is looking to an established actress in Hollywood to play an unnamed character to take part in the action, and it looks like he may have found her.
According to a report from Variety, Abrams is in early talks with Keri Russell to join Episode IX! Variety sources say that this specific role requires action-heavy fight scenes, suggesting that Russell will be more than a random character, like Daniel Craig was. As to what her specific role will be and if she’ll be part of the Resistance or the First Order, only time will tell. It could be that they play her role close to the vest, much like they did with Benicio Del Toro in The Last Jedi.
I’m almost positive the dissenting fandom, that cries over the lack of male heroes in this new Star Wars, will no doubt gather their pitchforks for this casting (We are assuming when they “seriously” re-make Episode IX she’ll be recast as a man.), but what the chauvinists need to understand is that Russell is an enormous get. Russell is an incredibly talented actress that has shown that she can pull off a fight scene. With her roles in FX‘s The Americans, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and even the last collaboration she had with Abrams in 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, Russell proved she has what it takes to deliver when it comes to action sequences. I have no doubt she’ll nail it when it comes to the complex fight sequence Star Wars has grown accustommed to having.
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Star Wars Episode IX is earmarked for December 20, 2019 release date.