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J.J. Abrams is set to begin production for Star Wars Episode IX this month, and the first addition to the cast has finally made the news.
As per Variety, Keri Russell (The American) has been cast in Star Wars Episode IX. Interestingly enough, this won’t be the first time that Russell will be collaborating with Abrams; she had worked with him back in 2006 with Mission Impossible III.
No details have been revealed about who Russell will be playing, but a lot of people are already expecting her to play Rey’s mother. The two actresses have the perfect age gap, and not to mention, they do have a passing resemblance:
Though I’m sure a lot of people are still holding on to a reveal on who Rey’s parents are, I’m actually a fan of The Last Jedi’s choice to make her come from ‘nothing.’ I think this holds a more powerful message in the saga, that a hero can come from anywhere, regardless of their background—and if you think about it, the same could be said for the villain, with Kylo being of Skywalker heritage.
Hopefully, J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio have something unexpected planned for the final film in the sequel trilogy. I know The Last Jedi has its haters, but I wouldn’t want the sequel trilogy to end with a predictable finale. Shake the Star Wars formula up, Abrams!
Star Wars Episode IX comes out Dec. 20, 2019.