Keri Russell got her big acting break in the 90s as the title character on JJ Abrams first show Felicity. Abrams also cast Russell in a supporting role for Mission Impossible III. This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly has an extensive feature on Russell as part of the promotion of her new film Waitress. The article includes some quotes from Abrams regarding working with Russell and concludes with speculation on their next collaboration…
Though Russell hasn’t decided when she’ll return from maternity leave, she can be confident that there will be at least one person waiting for her. "I love working with Keri," says Abrams. "There’s hardly any project that comes around that I don’t wonder if she would do it." What about his upcoming Star Trek reboot? Would he consider casting the former Mousketeer as a hot Klingon? "That’d be awesome!" Abrams says laughing.
It might take a little convincing, though. [Russell] wrinkles her nose at the idea:" I’m not that nerdy!."
Russell would indeed make an hot Klingon (or hot anything) and is actually talented. Abrams clearly likes to work with people he has worked with before so maybe he can convince her to go nerdy. Also lets not all get worked up over the phrase ‘reboot’. That was put in by the article’s writer and not actually said by Abrams. Plus in Hollywood lingo ‘reboot’ only means a ‘reinvigorate’ for aging franchises.
Keri Russell & Tom Cruise in JJ Abrams’ M:I:III
Full article here
Thanks to David (my brother) for tipping me to the article