After making a name for herself on the small screen, actress Keri Russell may be branching out to take on more films. The Golden Globe-winning actress first burst onto the scene in the 90s when she played a wide-eyed, ambitious college student in Felicity. Just this year, she ended a six-season stint on the critically acclaimed television show The Americans.
Though she’s taken on film roles before, television is where she’s had her most recognizable roles.
That may all change as she’s reportedly in talks to join the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX.
The 42-year-old actress has had quite the longevity in her career and it seems this could be the next step in cementing superstardom.
In joining this film, she will be reuniting with JJ Abrams after 20 years as he was the creator of Felicity, which was the show that really put her on the map and solidified her career’s trajectory.
They also worked together in 2006 on Tom Cruise’s film Mission: Impossible III.
The character that she will play in the film hasn’t yet been revealed. It is unclear whether she will be on the side of the protagonists or potentially an enemy.
The cast already consists of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver.
When it comes to action, Russell is incredibly well versed as she’s used to doing fighting, high-intensity scenes on The Americans, a show in which she played a Russian spy.
Filming will begin at the end of July and though many actresses were seen for the role, reports say that Russell was ultimately the one who was chosen.
This, again, could be due to her history and tie with Abrams. Abrams will be both writing and directing Star Wars Episode IX.
The film isn’t set to release until sometime late next year.