After the mixed reviews and disappointing performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney and Lucasfilm are now said to be refocusing all of their efforts on the follow-up to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. J.J. Abrams is returning to direct the film and in the eyes of some fans, he is once again being tasked with “righting the ship” so to speak. Now that the first potential casting news for Episode IX has surfaced, however, it hasn’t taken long for fan speculation to run wild, placing insane expectations on the currently unknown role. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to Variety, Keri Russell is in early talks to join Star Wars: Episode IX in an unspecified role that supposedly “calls for action-heavy fight scenes.” Russell recently wrapped up the final season of The Americans, a show for which she received a couple of Emmy nominations. She previously worked with J.J. Abrams on Mission: Impossible III but also starred in the Abrams-produced TV series Felicity in the late ’90s / early 2000s.
This casting news will likely annoy a certain subsection of fans who are already feeling threatened by the number of strong women being introduced to the Star Wars universe. On the other hand, another group of fans are insisting that a new strong female character must be Rey’s mother (despite the fact that it was revealed in the last film that her parents are nobodies). While it will probably be a while before we find out the truth, Disney and Lucasfilm are expected to cast two more roles by the time the film begins production at the end of the month. Are you excited to see Keri Russell in Star Wars: Episode IX?