Star Wars: Episode 9 Casts Doctor Who's Matt Smith--Report
Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters on December 20, 2019.
Doctor Who travels throughout all of space and time, so it's certainly possible that the show's titular Time Lord could wind up stuck a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. While that's likely not how it will work, it looks like former Doctor Who star Matt Smith is ready to make his Star Wars debut.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smith is in talks to join Star Wars: Episode IX, which is already in production. The news of the actor's potential role comes on the heels of the news that Lost alum Dominic Monaghan has also joined the cast.
The next Star Wars movie will see JJ Abrams return as director, after helming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The previously announced cast includes returning favorites like Daisy Ridley (Rey), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), John Boyega (Finn), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Lupita Nyong'o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix).
Additionally, Billy Dee Williams will reprise his role of Lando Calrissian on the big screen for the first time since 1983's Return of the Jedi. Among the other new cast joining the film are Keri Russell, Naomi Acki, and Richard E. Grant. Their characters are currently unknown.
The film will also see the final performance of Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa. Though the actress died in 2016, unused footage from The Force Awakens will be featured in Episode IX in order to complete Leia's story.
While it does not have a proper title yet, Star Wars: Episode IX will be in theaters on December 20, 2019.