Matt Smith is once again venturing into space. The former 11th Doctor has landed a “key role” in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX, according to Variety. It’s unknown if he’s for the Rebels, the First Order, or something else. As reported when Keri Russell was signed on for Episode IX, the Star Wars franchise is notoriously good at keeping secrets. Be prepared for Matt Smith, Keri Russell, Dominic Monaghan, and all new characters to be shrouded in mystery until the film premieres.
Who is Matt Smith?
Smith, known mostly for his role as the 11th Doctor on BBC’s Doctor Who, has recently come off a decent run as young Prince Phillip on Netflix’s The Crown. Neither Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth) nor Smith will be returning to The Crown for season three, as the actors have been recast to depict believable aging as the years progress from the 1940s to modern day.
As for Star Wars, Smith joins new faces like Keri Russell (The Americans), Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings), Richard E. Grant (Withnail and I), and Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth). He also joins the new-school kids—Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, and Adam Driver—and old-hat favorites Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, and Anthony Daniels. The late Carrie Fisher will also return as General Leia Organa using film shot during The Force Awakens.
An Opinion: He’d Be Good At Evil
Knowing what Matt Smith is capable of by watching him in Doctor Who, I need him to play someone evil. I mean, look at him; he’s got no eyebrows, he looks like Snoke’s illegitimate child. Just slick his hair back, put him in all black, and he could be evil on par with Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux (whom I sincerely hope is coming back, J.J., please, make it happen, I love that lil’ Irishman).
Matt Smith either needs to be evil, anything kind of goofy, or some sort of alien. Sorry if that sounds rude, but it’s what I want. Give the people what they want, Abrams.
Star Wars: Episode IX will premier on December 20, 2019.