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A Rumor That Keri Russell Might Be Cast In The Next "Star Wars" Film Has People Freaking Out

From The Americans to (potentially!) a galaxy far, far away.

Posted on July 6, 2018, at 2:36 p.m. ET

Keri Russell, star of The Americans, which ended earlier this spring after six seasons, may have sealed a deal to appear in one of the world's most popular film franchises: Star Wars.

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Variety reported that Lucasfilm executives and J.J. Abrams, who is set to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, decided to cast Russell for an unspecified role before the Fourth of July holiday.

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It was also reported that many actors were tested for the "action-heavy" role before the executives and Abrams supposedly settled on Russell.

A representative for Disney, which acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, told BuzzFeed News, "As always, we don't comment on speculation or rumors around casting for Star Wars movies."

"Any official information will be found on StarWars.com or via official press release from Disney Studios publicity," the spokesperson said. BuzzFeed News also reached out to representatives for Russell, as well.
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"Any official information will be found on StarWars.com or via official press release from Disney Studios publicity," the spokesperson said.

BuzzFeed News also reached out to representatives for Russell, as well.

Though there has been neither an official confirmation nor a denial, fans are celebrating as if the news is all but certain.

“KERI RUSSELL IN TALKS FOR EPISODE IX”

Some people would like to see Russell portray a villain because she clearly has the range.

How about instead of Rey’s mother, Keri Russell gets to use THAT forehead vein and play a villain.

Seriously, Russell as an evildoer is definitely what the people want.

PLEASE BE A VILLAIN PLEASE BE A VILLAIN PLEASE BE A VILLAIN https://t.co/kxah4ztPML

Others highlighted the training she did for 2006's Mission: Impossible III, which would definitely make her a great candidate for this purported "action-heavy" role.

Keri Russell training for MI3. She's got the action chops. #EpisodeIX

The Star Wars frannchise has such a fervent fanbase, so naturally, people immediately began speculating about potential plots.

Calling it now there’s a huge time jump and Keri Russell is Ben and Rey Solo’s daughter

Others pondered if Russell — if she'll actually be in the film — would be part of the dark-sided group, the Knights of Ren, which took orders from Supreme Leader Snoke.

y’all what if keri russell is a knight of mf ren?

hear me out: keri russell as a knight of ren.

But who knows, perhaps whoever's cast in this new role will solely be used for the purposes of putting Kylo Ren in his place.

@carlylane Yes, 100 times. I hope she beats the crap out of Kylo Ren too

We can dream!

The final film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy will hit theaters in December 2019. And production on the project begins at the end of this month.

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