Episode IX is set to begin production towards the end of the month.
Russell rose to fame for her role in Felicity as the eponymous protagonist which aired in the late 90s and early 00s.
If this does come to pass, there is no doubt Russell could fit seamlessly into the universe, but leads to Star Wars fans' favorite game: WHO IS THIS NEW CHARACTER AND HOW ARE THEY RELATED TO THE ORIGINAL SERIES!
Abrams and Russell have a long history of working together. News of her casting was withheld until July 6. 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. "I would do anything for JJ, honestly, I would do craft service".
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Variety reported a bit more on the future cast of Episode 9.
The production team reportedly met with "several actresses" for the role in past months before settling on Keri.
Star Wars Episode IX is in cinemas Thursday, December 19, 2019.