Keri Russell cast in Star Wars: Episode IX

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'Star Wars Episode IX' Taps Keri Russell For Role

The first new addition to the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX has been revealed as Variety reports that The Americans star Keri Russell has joined the J.J. Abrams-directed follow-up to The Last Jedi. Russell and Abrams last collaborated on 2006s “Mission: Impossible III.”.

Details about the part Keri is being considered for have yet to be released, but she will reportedly perform "action-heavy fight scenes".

Abrams is back in the director's seat after relaunching the franchise with 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which made $2.06 billion at the worldwide box office.

According to Variety's sources, project leads (including Abrams) have been meeting with various actresses for several weeks. Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Kelly Marie Tran are all expected to reprise their roles. Abrams will likely cast two more actors by the time the film begins production at the end of the month.

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Its unknown at this time whether Russell will be on the side of the rebels or the evil empire.

Russell recently wrapped the final season of “The Americans.” She is repped by WME and manager Joannie Burstein.

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