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Who’s Keri Russell playing? Every ‘Star Wars’ question we need answered at D23

More than ever, Disney is like the huge Imperial starship that emerges after the opening crawl of 1977’s original “Star Wars,” looming over the pop-culture galaxy.

Anything and everything Mickey Mouse will be on tap this weekend at D23 Expo (Friday through Sunday) in Anaheim, California, the biennial all-Disney, all-the-time festival that features panels and presentations for what’s coming at theme parks, the new Disney+ streaming service (launching Nov. 12) and, of course, the A-list movie slate.

Chief among the upcoming films is “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (in theaters Dec. 20), the ninth and final episode in the Skywalker saga, and fans will be ravenous for any news to come out of that part of the Disney movie presentation on Saturday.

What’s up with Keri Russell’s mystery woman?

While the actress’ scoundrel Zorri Bliss didn’t appear in the initial “Rise of Skywalker” trailer, a first look at the character – and her rad Rocketeer-meets-Met Gala helmet – had fandom psyched in May. Of the new characters, she’s so far the biggest enigma of them all – and it’s hard to imagine Abrams signing on his old “Felicity” star as some random side player, especially in a movie that culminates 40-plus years of storytelling. Maybe Russell shows up to give us a hint of her role. Heck, we’ll take a glimpse of her just sauntering around in behind-the-scenes footage.

Source: https://eu.usatoday.com

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Keri Russell faces terrifying creatures in deeply unsettling Antlers trailer

Gird your loins for a terrifying ride through darkness in the first teaser trailer for Scott Cooper’s new horror movie Antlers.

The deeply unsettling clip unfolds as a young boy narrates a short story he’s written for his teacher, Julia (Keri Russell), which seemingly reveals a dark secret about his home life.

“Once, there were three bears that lived in a dark, wet cave up above a small town. Every day, Little Bear went to school, and at night he would come home and eat dinner,” he says over a montage that includes images of a foreboding cabin with blood-splattered floors, humanoid creatures writhing in darkness, and Julia screaming inside her car. “But, one day, Little Bear came home and Big Bear and Baby Bear were different. Big Bear got sick, and his insides turned black. Big Bear has become more angrier and meaner, because they had no food, no meat. But they had each other.”

According to a synopsis, Antlers takes place in a small Oregon village, where Julia and her sheriff brother (Jesse Plemons) investigate the boy’s secret — which potentially poses catastrophic consequences for the region’s residents. Oscar-winning Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro produced the film, while Henry Chaisson and Channel Zero creator Nick Antosca wrote the script based on the latter’s short story The Quiet Boy, with revisions done by Cooper, who previously directed critically lauded dramas Out of the Furnace and Hostiles.

Though an exact date has yet to be announced, Fox Searchlight is expected to release Antlers sometime in 2020. Watch the frightening teaser trailer above.



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Star Wars star Keri Russell says Rise of Skywalker script made her cry

Keri Russell may be new to the Star Wars universe, but that didn’t stop her from getting emotionally invested when she read the script for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Russell, who plays the mysterious new character Zorri Bliss in the upcoming film, recently told the Associated Press that she cried when she first read director-writer J.J. Abrams’ version of the script.

“When I read his script that he wrote I cried,” she told the outlet in a recent interview. “I mean who knows what it will turn out to be and I hope it remains true to what he originally wanted.”

She also discussed why Abrams was the right person to direct the film, which is the ninth and last entry in the Skywalker saga. He previously directed 2015’s The Force Awakens, but Rian Johnson stepped in to direct its 2017 follow-up, The Last Jedi.

“He’s not trying to change it to be something else,” she said of Abrams. “He really respects what it is.”

Russell, who is known for her roles in popular television series Felicity (co-created by Abrams) and The Americans, also described her character, who has previously only been revealed to be “a masked scoundrel,” as “bad ass,” but she didn’t provide further details.

The highly anticipated film — which also stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o — hits theaters Dec. 20.

In addition to Russell, newcomers to the franchise include Richard E. Grant, Naomi Ackie, and more.

Source: https://ew.com/

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Star Wars: Keri Russell Is the Roguish Zorri Bliss

The battle between the Jedi and the Sith has been a constant in the Skywalker saga, but there’s a vital third class of heroes and villains that populate the galaxy: the smugglers, scrappers, bounty hunters, and scoundrels who make a living on the edges of a war. The life of a rogue is tough in the Star Wars universe, and the masked Zorri Bliss (Keri Russell)—revealed exclusively in Annie Leibovitz’s new portfolio from the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—is no exception.

In The Rise of Skywalker, Russell is reunited with J.J. Abrams—the man who made her a household name when he first cast her as a sentimental college undergrad in the TV show Felicity 20 years ago. Abrams has already transformed Russell’s career once, when he broke apart her innocent image with a short but memorable fight sequence in 2006’s Mission Impossible III. “When J.J. calls so unexpectedly,” Russell said last summer, “cool things happen.”

Many years and six seasons of the Emmy-winning spy drama The Americans later and Russell is not only adept at action, she’s well practiced in the art of keeping secrets. That would be why, until now, the only thing she let slip about her Star Wars character was “I do have the coolest costume. I will say that.”

She’s not wrong. The brass detailing and deep aubergine of Zorri Bliss’s suit invoke the glamour of Laura Dern’s Admiral Holdo, while the familiar silhouette calls to mind the bounty hunter Boba Fett. Even more hardcore Star Wars fans will notice a similarity between Russell’s costume and the one worn by the short-lived female bounty hunter Zam Wesell in Attack of the Clones.

Her mask helps Bliss disguise both her identity and motives—a useful feature for anyone who might want to blend in at a shady cantina or the Thieves’ Quarter of Kijimi. Ever since the balance of power in the galaxy was thrown off by the invasion of the First Order and the destruction of the New Republic, it has become very profitable for scoundrels to avoid picking a side during the escalating war between Leia’s Resistance and Kylo Ren’s forces. If Benicio Del Toro’s The Last Jedi character taught us anything, it’s not to trust a rogue, but we’ll have to see whether Zorri Bliss chooses the dark side, the light, or, most likely, herself when The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters.

Source: https://www.vanityfair.com/

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Honey I Blew Up the Kid DVD screencaptures

In the sequel to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, a bumbling but brilliant scientist (Rick Moranis) accidentally makes his two-year-old son into a giant who becomes larger every time he comes in contact with electricity. Though he and his wife try to control their son, the child inevitably escapes and wreaks havoc, eventually terrorizing the streets of Las Vegas.



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The Babysitter’s Seduction Blu-Ray screencaptures

Growing up on the poorer side of town, 18-year old Michelle Winston (Keri Russell) not only appreciated the opportunity to make some money babysitting for the wealthy, upwardly mobile Bertrands, but takes pleasure in being surrounded by all the material trappings of their home. Bill (Stephen Collins) and Sallie Bertrand were a young, successful couple who seemed to live a happy, typical existence. But that storybook tale comes to a tragic end when Sallie is found dead in her home, the victim of an apparent suicide. Feeling an obligation to-and sympathy for-Bill and the two children, Michelle becomes more and more a fixture in the Bertrand home. But as she begins to spend virtually all of her free time there, and is seen driving Sallie’s new car and wearing her old jewelry, she quickly alienates her mother and all her school friends with her new-found responsibilities. This sudden transformation is also looked upon suspiciously by the police. When the circumstances surrounding Sallie’s death are re-examined, Michelle soon finds herself the prime suspect in her death. Michelle’s friends, jealous of her all-consuming relationship with the Bertrands, suspect there’s something unpleasant happening between her and the supposedly grieving widower. Their suspicions prove to be fairly accurate as Bill does make advances towards the impressionable schoolgirl. But his intentions are not based on love, but to set up his attractive baby-sitter for the murder of his wife.



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CONFIRMED! KeriRussell is in #StarWars: Episode IX after all

One name conspicuously absent from Disney and Lucasfilm’s unveiling today of the full cast of Star Wars: Episode IX was Keri Russell. The Americans star was confirmed earlier this month to be in talks for a role in the pic, which begins shooting next week in London.

The reason her name wasn’t on the cast list: she hadn’t signed her deal by the time the studio wanted the news to go out today via StarWars.com. Deadline hears though that she has now officially inked for the unknown role, and that she will be in the finale of the Skywalker Saga movies that has a December 20, 2019 release date.

The casting reunites Russell and Star Wars director and co-writer J.J. Abrams, who created her series Felicity, which ran from 1998-2002. Russell and Abrams also worked together on Mission: Impossible III. Abrams co-wrote the Episode IX script with Chris Terrio.

Russell recently wrapped on the sixth and final season of FX’s Americans.

The main cast of the Episode IX now: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant, with Carrie Fisher appearing as Leia Organa via unused footage from The Force Awakens.

Source: https://deadline.com/

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Keri Russell in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro-Produced Thriller ‘Antlers’

Keri Russell, who is coming off the finale of her FX series The Americans, continues to be in hot demand.

Days after landing a role in Star Wars: Episode IX, the actress is now in negotiations to team with Guillermo del Toro for Antlers, a supernatural horror thriller set up at Fox Searchlight.

Del Toro is producing the project with David Goyer and Miles Dale, who produced del Toro’s Oscar-winning The Shape of Water. Scott Cooper, who helmed Crazy Heart and Black Mass, is directing.

If a deal is made, Russell will star as a teacher who takes an interest in a mysterious and withdrawn student. Only too late does she discover that the boy is harboring a deadly secret that is key to their town’s survival.

Nick Antosca and Henry Chaisson wrote the script.

Fox Searchlight is eyeing a fall shoot in Vancouver, giving Russell ample time to shoot her Star Wars role in the summer.

The actress starred for six seasons on FX’s 1980s-set The Americans, with the drama centering on a husband and wife who are Russian sleeper agents in the U.S. The role earned her two Emmy nominations.

Russell is repped by WME, Burstein Company and Sloane Offer.

Source: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/