“When I read his script that he wrote I cried,” Russell said. “I mean who knows what it will turn out to be and I hope it remains true to what he originally wanted.”
Abrams co-wrote the script with Chris Terrio, a script that Russell believes will satisfy Star Wars fans’ expectations.
“He’s not trying to change it to be something else,” Russell said. “He really respects what it is.”
Russell joins the series as Zorri Bliss, a character yet to be introduced in any prior source material. Russell describes her to AP as “bad ass.” A photo of Russell as Zori Bliss in a purple suit wearing a worn-out brass helmet among other accessories was released through Vanity Fair in May.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the 12th Star Wars film to be released in theaters and supposedly the final installment in the Skywalker Saga. Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac return with Star Wars legends Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams and Ian McDiarmid. Deleted scenes of Carrie Fisher from The Force Awakens will also be used.
Russell is best known for her roles in the TV shows Felicity (created by Abrams) and The Americans. She’s also popped up in blockbuster movies like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Mission: Impossible III.
We already know that Rise of Skywalker’s script will delve into the bond between Rey and Kylo Ren or maybe Russell shed a tear when the Knights of Ren show up.
The Rise of Skywalker opens Dec. 20 in America, and will be the last Star Wars movie for three years.
Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN who waited four hours in line to get a good seat for The Force Awakens only to have the audience scream and cheer over every line of dialogue. Star Wars fans are great. Follow him on Twitter @peteyoneto.