Back on July 6th, we learned that Keri Russell was in talks to join JJ Abrams' forthcoming Star Wars: Episode IX, a development which was greeted by much rejoicing from anyone possessed of good taste. But about an hour ago, when StarWars.com released the full casting lineup for the film, Russell was nowhere to be found. What gives?
Well, turns out Keri Russell is very much in JJ Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX, the blood just hadn't dried on her contract yet. Says Deadline:
"Deadline hears though that she has now officially inked for the unknown role, and that she will be in the finale of the Skywalker Saga movies that has a December 20, 2019 release date."
So, there you have it, gang: nothing to fear. Keri Russell will appear in an unspecified role (and god help you if you start up with the "She should be Rey's mom!" theories), just as we heard back at the beginning of July. She'll be starring alongside returning faves Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams, as well as alongside Star Wars noobs Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant (Hudson Hawk). That's a formidable cast, and we can't wait to see what Abrams does with it.
Stay tuned for more on Star Wars: Episode IX as it becomes available. It'll be along next December.