Since J.J. Abrams was hired on to direct Star Wars: Episode VII for Lucasfilm and Disney, very little has been brought to light in terms of story or casting, so we can only speculate who would be joining the production. We know Abrams likes to work with the same actors with his new projects, so could we wind up with Felicity herself, Keri Russell, donning Jedi robes?
In an interview with TVLine.com, the actress discusses her admiration for Abrams, as well as the possibility of her appearing in Star Wars.
“It spoiled me to work with JJ and Matt (Reeves) [on Felicity]. Not only do I love them as people because they’re so funny and easy and good but they were just so talented. I’ve worked on other projects and you get the script and you’re like ‘but why isn’t it good'”…. In response to the question of who she’s playing in the new Star Wars film: “Anyone he lets me play. I’m waiting for my call”, she jokes. “I would do anything for JJ, honestly I would do craft service.” And when asked if she’s a Star Wars fan: “Yes, of course. And now with my son, that’s all he talks about.”
J.J. Abrams and Keri Russell both got their start in the spotlight with the TV series Felicity back in 1998. They also worked together in Abrams’ feature film debut, Mission: Impossible 3 in 2006.
A few weeks ago, it was revealed Matthew Vaughn pitched Lucasfilm on the idea of Chloe Grace Moretz as the new Star Wars protagonist. This was before they gave the directing job to Abrams, but the new Star Wars film could still go forward with a female lead in mind. There is a possibility that Keri Russell could appear in the lead role, but most likely, if she were to be in the film, it would probably be in a smaller capacity.