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Keri Russell in talks to join Star Wars: Episode IX

Keri Russell in Waitress

Story by Jack Foley

KERI Russell could be joining the Star Wars universe.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress – who has just completed the series finale of The Americans – is in advanced talks to join the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX, the next Star Wars installment from Lucasfilm.

J.J. Abrams, who helmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is directing the movie, which could well wrap up the main Star Wars saga featuring the Skywalker bloodline.

Abrams also co-wrote the script.

The movie, which begins shooting in London this month, reunites Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver from the previous film, The Last Jedi.

As yet, there have been no details of Russell’s role and Disney, the parent company of Lucasfilm, has refused to comment. But speculation is rife online that she could be playing the mother of Daisy Ridley’s character.

The actress previously worked with Abrams in Mission: Impossible III, as well as Felicity, the turn-of-the-century TV drama that made Russell a household name.