Little is known about Russell's role in the film, but the outlet notes that it will call for action-heavy fight scenes.
But as ever, there will be a host of new characters, and it has been reported the The Americans star Keri Russell has joined the cast. She was the star of Felicity, the 1998-2002 college coming-of-age TV drama he co-created, and Abrams also cast her in a supporting role in his Mission: Impossible III, as a doomed fellow agent of Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt. When contacted for confirmation, Lucasfilm said they had no comment on the report. The director is also looking to bring two more main actors into the cast, which is expected to include the return of new trilogy stars John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver.
Russell rose to fame for her role in Felicity as the eponymous protagonist which aired in the late 90s and early 00s.
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According to Variety, the studio has met with several actresses for the unknown role before choosing Russell. Lucasfilm went back to Abrams, who crafted The Force Awakens, and revealed that he yearned to do more Star Wars films in the future. The Americans star Keri Russell has joined the project ahead of production, which is due to start at the end of this month. Previously set for a May 24, 2019 release date, the film will now arrive on December 20, 2019.