When Star Wars: Episode IX begins production at the end of July, the cast will be joined by a new face. According to a report from Variety, Keri Russell has been cast in an undisclosed role that calls for â€œaction-heavy fight scenes.â€ Could she be Reyâ€™s mom?
Russell was said to beat out a number of actors for the coveted role, and was hired just before the Fourth of July. While her role in the movie is unknown, the fact that sheâ€™ll be involved in action scenes suggests itâ€™s significant. Russell will reportedly join two other new actors before production begins.
With J.J. Abrams now in Episode IXâ€™s directorâ€™s chair, Russellâ€™s appointment makes sense, as the two previously worked together on Mission: Impossible III. Russell, meanwhile, is no stranger to action-focused roles, playing the lead in FXâ€™s The Americans.
With production for Episode IX starting this month, itâ€™s likely weâ€™ll learn more information about Russellâ€™s exact role soon.