Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker image

When Keri Russell was announced to join Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, rumors flew about who she would be playing. When images first emerged of the Americans actress clad in a metallic helmet and a skin-tight purple suit, the theories only grew more frenzied. Who is she? What ties does she have with Poe Dameron? And why does she looks so damn cool?

We’ll probably not find out the answer to any of these questions until Episode 9’s highly anticipated release in December, but at least we have a new Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker image of Russell’s mysterious rogue Zorri Bliss to pick apart until that happens.

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Poe Dameron Backstory in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be the final chapter of the Skywalker saga that began all the way back in 1977 with Star Wars: A New Hope. But there are plenty of characters who don’t share the last name (or bloodline) of the family that sends the galaxy into chaos every few decades. And one of them will have new details revealed about their past.

Oscar Isaac plays Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, a hero who has a little bit if Han Solo in him, but perhaps a little more reckless, as evidenced by his bold actions in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It turns out that there might be a reason for that, because Isaac says  when The Rise of Skywalker comes out this winter, fans may be surprised to learn that Dameron isn’t the clean-cut hero that he seems to be. Read More »

antlers trailer

The trailer for Antlers is here, and it’s creepy as hell. Director Scott Cooper and producer Guillermo del Toro have teamed to adapt a short story from Channel Zero creator Nick Antosca, and the results look incredibly promising. In the film, Keri Russell plays a small-town school teacher who begins to suspect all is not well with one of her students. Watch the Antlers trailer below.

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antlers set photo

In early October, Fox Searchlight announced the start of shooting for the horror-thriller Antlers, a mysterious project produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Scott Cooper (Hostiles). The film stars Keri Russell in her first major horror feature role, as well as Jesse Plemons and young actor Jeremy T. Thomas. The production remains under an intriguing veil of secrecy, except for a handful of images posted on the production’s Instagram teasing a haunting, eerie film. And the latest Antlers set photo is the creepiest one yet.

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antlers cast

Even though it’s still a year and a half away, the rumor mill is already hitting lightspeed for Star Wars: Episode 9, especially as we begin to get more of an idea of what the film will actually look like. The first big announcement was that The Americans star Keri Russell would be joining the cast. And, of course, as is the way of the contemporary pop culture press, everyone has an idea of just who Keri might be playing in the next installment of the biggest franchise in the galaxy.

As a firm Stormpilot – Finn and Poe Forever – shipper, I know how hard it can be when all your Star Wars dreams don’t come true. So to help everyone, I’ve come up with the most concise, conclusive, and 100% completely speculative list of 10 characters that Keri Russell is definitely not playing in Star Wars: Episode 9. From the obvious to the deep cut, the Darth to the Hutt, we’ve covered them all just so you won’t be disappointed when doors open on the film in December 2019.

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antlers cast

Keri Russell is about to a very busy former spy. Now that The Americans has wrapped its acclaimed six-season run, Russell finds herself in high demand, lining up projects to space and beyond. Hot off the heels of her recruitment to Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Episode 9, Russell is reportedly in talks to join the Antlers cast, a supernatural horror film produced by Guillermo del Toro.

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Keri Russell Star Wars

Update: Variety has corrected their initial report about Lawrence Kasdan’s involvement. Find the update below.

Breaking news from a galaxy far, far away: writer/director J.J. Abrams has cast his frequent collaborator Keri Russell in Star Wars: Episode 9. Read more about the Keri Russell Star Wars casting below. Read More »

FX Renews ‘The Americans’ For Two Final Seasons

the americans season 4 teaser

FX’s The Americans will soon wrap up season four. The Cold War-era drama, which first aired in 2013, saw a drop in viewerships with season two and three. The Americans has never been a juggernaut in the ratings, which has often made fans worry the show wouldn’t end on its own terms. FX has remained a major supporter of the show, ratings be damned, and the network will allow the series’ co-runners Joe Fields and Joe Weisberg to complete the drama with two final seasons.

Below, learn more about The Americans final seasons.

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Clerks TV show pilot

Whether you like him or not, Kevin Smith made some big waves with his indie comedy Clerks back in 1994, and it launched the career that Smith still has today as an outspoken filmmaker, comic book writer and pop culture mouthpiece.

Clerks led to a sequel back in 2006, with a third film potentially on the way after Mallrats 2, and a short-lived animated series back in 2000. But did you know that Clerks almost became a live-action television series? In 1995, a pilot was put together for a live-action Clerks TV show, but it wasn’t picked up to series. And once you see the full abysmal pilot that has made its way online, you’ll understand why.

Watch the Clerks TV show pilot after the jump! Read More »

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Free State of Jones photo

Below you’ll find the first official image of a grimy, cautious Matthew McConaughey on the battlefield in the film The Free State of Jones. Directed by Gary Ross, the Civil War drama features McConaughey as Newton Knight, who leads the residents of Jones County, Mississippi in a bid to secede from the Confederacy. The film also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, and Mahershala Ali. Check out the full Free State of Jones photo below. Read More »