While Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s major message was about not dwelling in the past and trying to embrace the future, J.J. Abrams will be diving into his own personal past for the next entry in the science fiction franchise.
According to Variety, Abrams and Lucasfilm are in talks with Keri Russell to cast her in a role for next year’s Star Wars: Episode IX. Russell and Abrams have worked together multiple times in the past beginning with the series Felicity that Russell was the lead of & Abrams co-created and most recently for 2006’s Mission Impossible III.
There is no indication what Russell’s role would be but according to the reports it “calls for action-heavy fight scenes” which Russell is no stranger to thanks to the aforementioned Mission Impossible III and her hit FX series The Americans among other roles.
Reportedly Abrams and executives met with numerous actresses over the last few months before settling on Russell right before Fourth of July. They will also reportedly be hiring two more actors before the film moves into production at the end of July.
Star Wars: Episode IX is set to open on December 20, 2019.