If a recent report by Variety is correct, the newest installment in the Star Wars franchise will include Keri Russell as an all new character.
Variety’s sources claim Russell is “in early talks” regarding a role in the J.J. Abrams-directed feature film, a role which would involve “action-heavy fight scenes.”
Russell has an established history with Abrams, who was responsible for creating the series which brought her to public attention back in 1998, Felicity. Russell most recently worked with Abrams on 2006’s Mission Impossible III. Abram previously directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and was brought in to complete Lucasfilm’s newest trilogy after the film’s first director, Colin Trevorrow, reportedly left due to unresolved issue with the script.
Abrams met with numerous actresses before landing on Russell for this role, according to Variety’s sources. No details have been provided as to where the character fits into the plot of the film or the Star Wars universe in general. Abrams is expected to cast two additional roles before production begins. Russell recently completed filming for the last season of The Americans.