Since the next Star Wars film is well over a year away, there’s no way to pass the time, other than combing any potential breadcrumbs that crop up. That was the case yesterday, when Variety posted the newest casting announcement. Turns out none other that the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith himself, will be lending his talents to Star Wars: Episode IX.
Given that the next film is directed once again by J.J. Abrams, there’s a lack information surrounding the unnamed character. The mystery box is in full effect here. No word on if he’s a Rebel or part of the First Order. Although, going off of Smith’s angular looks, he probably fits best in some imperial garb.
Matt Smith’s career has been an interesting follow the last few years. Outside his stint on Doctor Who most would know him for his portrayal of Prince Philip during the first 2 season of The Crown. He’s since had parts in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, the biopic Mapplethorpe and the “quasi-zombie” flick Patient Zero later this year. Heck, he even had a quick apperance in Terminator Genisys. If you forgot about that, it’s ok, as most people actively try to forget about that film.
Smith joins a cast that includes the recently announced Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant and Dominic Monaghan. Episode IX also features returning franchise regulars Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher via archival footage.
Expect a ton of future updates small teases before Star Wars: Episode IX‘s release on December 20th, 2019. Until then, what do you make of Matt Smith’s casting? Are you a fan? Indifferent? Are you excited for the closing of this trilogy? Is this bio for Greg Grunberg’s Temmin “Snap” Wexley abnormally long for a side character? Let us know in the comments below.