'Star Wars: Episode 9' Casts Matt Smith in Key Role

Matt Smith

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His turn as the timey-wimey Doctor earned him a BAFTA nomination in the Best Actor category, and his performance as Prince Philip landed him an Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smith is in talks to join Star Wars: Episode IX, which is already in production. The actor had his breakout role in the long-running British sci-fi show Doctor Who, in which he played the eleventh incarnation of the titular Time Lord for three seasons. Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Dominic Monaghan, and Naomi Ackie have all joined the film's growing cast, which of course includes Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Mark Hamill.

So far, there's no word on who Smith will be playing in the upcoming film, which is the final installment of the Skywalker saga.

But Matt coming onboard is the most surprising casting news yet.

Production on the final Star Wars installment is now underway in England, with a view to it being released just before Christmas 2019. Their characters are now unknown.

Star Wars: Episode IX is set for release on December 20th, 2019 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens' J.J. Abrams directing. "With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie (Lourd), we have found a way to honour Carrie's legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII".

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