Monday Movie Report: Keri Russell could appear in next ‘Star Wars’ film

Keri Russell who recently has been best known for her roles in the TV series “The Americans” and the film “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” could find herself in the “Star Wars” universe soon.

According to Variety, the actress is in discussions with LucasFilm and “Star Wars: Episode IX” Director JJ Abrams about joining the next film in the franchise. Abrams, who’s also writing the next film, last collaborated with Russell in the 2006 picture “Mission: Impossible III.”

Variety reports that Abrams and the crew are expected to hire two more performers before production starts at the end of the month. The main cast from the new series, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver, are all expected to reprise their roles.

The first film in the new trilogy, “The Force Awakens” was directed by Abrams while its sequel, “The Last Jedi,” was helmed by Rian Johnson. In its article, Variety states that Colin Trevorrow was originally planned to direct “Episode IX,” but left the project because of creative differences and was replaced by Abrams.

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Disney is having a fantastic year at the box office. The company owns both Marvel and Pixar, and each studio is having great success in 2018. For example, “Black Panther” and the third “Avengers” both set major records.

A more recent example is this past weekend, Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” finished in first place with $76 million while Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” earned the second spot with almost $30 million.

The full top five this weekend was:
1. Ant-Man and the Wasp – $76,030,000
2. Incredibles 2 – $29,021,000
3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – $28,585,000
4. The First Purge – $17,150,000
5. Sicario: Day of the Soldado – $7,300,000

For the coming weekend, meanwhile, new releases include the action/thriller “Skyscraper” and the animated sequel “Hotel Transylvania 3.”

Then, for the small screen, home releases include:

  • A Quiet Place, my rating: 3.9 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 4.31 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%.
  • Chappaquiddick, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.14 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%.
  • The Leisure Seeker, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 36%.
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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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