Friday, July 6, 2018

Keri Russell in Talks to Join 'Episode IX'

As expected, the Star Wars: Episode IX casting announcements have begun, before it starts production later this month: Variety is reporting that Keri Russell is in "early talks" to join the film. This is most likely connected to the report that the film was casting an actress in her 40s to play a new role codenamed "MARA." May the speculation commence.
For many, her casting (if finalized) would be a disappointment because Russell would be yet another white brunette woman to enter Star Wars. And it's just bad timing considering that today is another #SWRepMatters day on Twitter where fans discuss representation of minorities—this time, with a special focus on Native Americans. (There are some fantastic threads out there that you should really check out.)

However, between Felicity, Mission:  Impossible III, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and (most recently) The Americans, Russell has shown herself to be a versatile actress who can absolutely slay whatever empowered character JJ Abrams hands her. (Stunts wouldn't be too hard for her either.) Her talent is undeniable, and it would be interesting to see what she brings to Star Wars.

And again, this is only the start of the casting news. We can't forget that in addition to "MARA," IX was also looking at black actresses between the ages of 18 and 26 to play a new character codenamed "Caro." Russell's casting may have been announced first, but there's still a solid chance a young actress of color will join the film in the next few weeks.

What do you think of this news? What kind of character do you hope Russell plays? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @sithobserver, and may the Force be with you all.

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