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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/

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Star Wars: Episode IX Eyes Keri Russell

Keri Russell is headed to a galaxy far, far away.

Sources tell Variety that the “Felicity” alum is in early talks to join J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which Abrams is writing and directing. Russell and Abrams last collaborated on 2006’s “Mission: Impossible III.”

The role calls for action-heavy fight scenes. Russell has shown her ability to perform tough stunts in projects like FX’s “The Americans,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

Abrams and Lucasfilm execs met with several actresses for the role in the past two months and settled on Russell right before the Fourth of July holiday. Abrams will likely cast two more actors by the time the film begins production at the end of the month. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver are all expected to return.

Abrams helmed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and was asked to come back to direct this latest installment after Colin Trevorrow exited following creative differences. Abrams filled the role last fall and has spent most of that time working on the script with Chris Terrio.

It’s unknown at this time whether Russell will be on the side of the rebels or the evil empire.

Russell recently wrapped the final season of “The Americans.” She is repped by WME.

Source: https://variety.com

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Eight Days A Week Screen Captures

Eight Days a Week is a 1997 comedy film written and directed by Michael Davis. The title is taken from the Beatles song of the same name.

Peter (Joshua Schaefer) is infatuated with his childhood friend and next-door neighbor Erica (Keri Russell). Based on advice from his grandfather, Peter decides to camp on Erica’s lawn until she realizes that she loves him. During his summer-long wait, he frequently comments on their neighborhood.



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