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Keri Russell joins the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX

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Jul 6, 2018

Keri Russell, who rose to fame with her Golden Globe-winning performance in the J.J. Abrams-created TV series Felicity, is joining Abrams in a galaxy far, far away.

Russell is the latest actor to join the Star Wars universe, as Variety reports she has just been added to the cast of Episode IX, which will be directed and co-written by Abrams. It's not clear yet who Russell will be playing in the film, or whose side she'll be on, but Variety notes that her proficiency with action and stunt work in films like Mission: Impossible III and her acclaimed TV series The Americans helped her to win the role.

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. Abrams reportedly has at least two more major roles to cast in the film before shooting begins later this month, but those roles also remain mysterious.

Since Felicity ended in 2002, Russell has enjoyed a wide-ranging career in both film and television. She's best known to genre fans for M:I III as well as Dark Skies and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but her film roles also include acclaimed performances in WaitressAustenland, and August Rush. On the television side, she starred Elizabeth Jennings for six seasons on the acclaimed FX spy drama The Americans, a role which earned her two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nomination (and counting). The series ended a critically acclaimed run earlier this year. Now, Russell joins a distinguished list of Star Wars co-stars that also includes Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, and Max von Sydow. 

Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled to hit theaters December 20, 2019.