Star Wars Episode IX may reportedly cast Keri Russell

'Star Wars Episode IX' Taps Keri Russell For Role

'Star Wars Episode IX' Taps Keri Russell For Role

According to the trade, Keri Russell's Episode IX role calls for action-heavy fight scenes.

Former J.J. Abrams alumni Keri Russell is in talks to join the cast of Star Wars in Episode IX "The Return/Revenge of the Fanboys" of at least that's the working title, I'm assuming.

Variety's report also notes that Russell was chosen over the Fourth of July holiday after Lucasfilm spent the last two months looking at various actresses to fill her unnamed role.

Russell rose to fame for her role in Felicity as the eponymous protagonist which aired in the late 90s and early 00s. They first teamed on The WB drama series Felicity way back in 1998 and then reunited for Mission: Impossible III, which served as Abrams' feature directorial debut. Following Colin Trevorrow's exit over creative differences, Abrams - who directed The Force Awakens - was asked to return to direct Episode IX.

Of course, for now the casting rumor is just that-a rumor. With the role said to have an emphasis on action, fans can be hopeful that Russell will play the part of a Jedi, or perhaps even a sith, which will be interesting since we haven't seen a female Dark Side user in a live-action film before. Will she be a feisty Rebel who helps the Resistance after most of their fleet was destroyed in The Last Jedi?

What about you? Who do you think Russell might play in Star Wars Episode IX? If Star Wars had a dating profile, we'd say it has a type.

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