While we still don’t have an official title yet, multiple sources are reporting that former “Doctor Who” star and star of “The Crown,” Matt Smith, has joined the cast of “Star Wars: Episode IX”. Since we don’t have an official confirmation from Disney at this time, we don’t know if Smith will be helping the Rebel Alliance, or the New Order in the project. Typically, actors with British accents take on roles for the Empire but you never know when one of those characters will turn out to be a good person.
If the initial casting reports are true, which were first reported by Variety, Smith will join Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Billie Lourd, and Adam Driver in the film. Other cast-mates include Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Dominic Monaghan, and Naomi Ackie. The confirmed cast also has Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels. We will know where Smith’s loyalty lies when the next Star Wars film hits theaters on December 20, 2019.
“Star Wars: Episode IX” will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin. The crew includes Dan Mindel (Director of Photography), Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins (Co-Production Designers), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Neal Scanlan (Creature and Droid FX), Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube (Editors), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor), Tommy Gormley (1st AD), and Victoria Mahoney (2nd Unit Director).
The last time we checked in with “Star Wars: Episode IX” was when Disney confirmed that the late Carrie Fisher would appear in the film. In that announcement Abrams stated, “The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Abrams added, “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”