Richard E Grant and Keri Russell’s Star Wars characters have been revealed

Both will appear in JJ Abram's final instalment of the Skywalker saga

Richard E Grant and Keri Russell, Getty

Following months of speculation, Keri Russell and Richard E Grant’s roles in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker have finally been confirmed.

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Russell (The Americans) will play “masked scoundrel Zorri Bliss,” a mysterious figure who appears in Thieves’ Quarter of the snowy planet Kijimi in an exclusive Vanity Fair image.

Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) will play the menacing Allegiant General Pryde alongside Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux.

Episode IX will mark the end of the Skywalker saga, and is directed by JJ Abrams, who helmed The Force Awakens back in 2015. However, the film’s plot has been kept a closely guarded secret.

“The secrecy is definitely worth it,” Grant previously told RadioTimes.com. “If you’re a Star Wars fan, and I am, then knowing what’s coming in this is quite something.

“I absolutely understand why they’re so secretive about it, because it’s very exciting.”

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released in UK cinemas on 19th December 2019