The Force Is Strong w/ This One: Keri Russell Joins ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’


Keri Russell (“The Americans”) is set to join the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX. No details on how her role fits into the Star Wars mythology, but it does reunite Russell with her “Felicity” and Mission Impossible 3 director J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) — back to helm the final entry in the new trilogy.

Russell joins returning players Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren). In addition to directing, Abrams pens the script with Chris Terrio (Argo). Star Wars: Episode IX is slated for release Dec. 20, 2019.

Russell, best known for her breakthrough series “Felicity” and her most recent FX show “The Americans,” has starred in a small handful of genre films, including the blockbuster Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the lesser known, but awesome, Blumhouse alien thriller Dark Skies.

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