With filming for Star Wars: Episode IX underway, it sounds like they’ve added another member to the cast. Variety reported today that Matt Smith has been cast for the film in a “key role,” though what that role is remains unknown.
Smith is best-known for his starring role in the TV series Doctor Who, as Smith portrayed the Eleventh Doctor from 2010-2014. He also played Prince Philip in The Crown from 2016-2017. In both roles, Smith was met with significant critical acclaim for his portrayals.
He is just the latest addition to a very strong cast for the final film of the Skywalker saga. The film stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd reprising their roles from the sequel trilogy, with legendary actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Anthony Daniels also returning. The newcomers to the cast include Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, and Richard E. Grant. Additionally, late last week we got the news that Dominic Monaghan had also joined the cast. And then today the latest addition to the cast was reported, Matt Smith.
It’s unclear what Smith’s role will be in the film, and it’s important to keep in mind that just because a character has a “key role” doesn’t necessarily mean that he will get a lot of screen time. For example, D.J. had a key role in The Last Jedi that was largely characterized by significance rather than screen time. Regardless of what role he plays, however, Smith seems to be yet another strong addition to the cast of the heavily-anticipated December 2019 blockbuster.