Keri Russell joins ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away from Mother Russia …

Our sister site Variety has exclusively reported that “The Americans” star Keri Russell is following up her six-season run on the FX series with a role in “Star Wars: Episode IX.” It begins production at the end of July with a planned release at the end of 2019. Do you think Russell will be on the light side or the dark side of the Force?

“Episode IX” will be directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, who previously helmed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015 to critical acclaim and record box office. “Awakens” was the grand return of the “Star Wars” movie franchise after George Lucas sold the rights to Disney. It became the biggest moneymaker in US box office history with $936 million grossed on these shores. It’s also currently the third highest grossing film worldwide with $2.068 billion in global receipts. On top of that it scored 81 on MetaCritic and earned five Oscar nominations.

“The Force Awakens” was followed by “The Last Jedi” at the end of 2017. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, it was also loved by critics but was controversial with die-hard fans. “Episode IX” was supposed to be directed by Colin Trevorrow (“Jurassic World”), but he left the film due to creative differences, prompting Abrams’s return.

This isn’t the first time Abrams and Russell have teamed up on a project. Abrams was the co-creator and executive producer of “Felicity,” the WB series that ran from 1998-2002 and made Russell a star in the title role. Then in 2006 Abrams directed her in “Mission: Impossible III.” And of course a few years after that Russell went undercover with the KGB in “The Americans,” which ended this past spring.

Vote in our poll below: Do you think Russell should be good or evil in the upcoming film?

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