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Dominic Monaghan joins 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

“Star Wars: Episode IX” has added a new cast member and it’s someone with whom fans of J.J. Abrams are very familiar. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Dominic Monaghan, who played Charlie Pace on “LOST,” will be joining the 2019 release. There’s no word yet on who he might be playing, but Monaghan is certainly no stranger to epic movie franchises. He memorably played Hobbit Merry Brandybuck in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Monaghan, openly a die-hard “Star Wars” fan, teased his addition to the cast on Instagram earlier today:

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Seems apropos @starwars @ragandbone #becurious

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Abrams, who is currently in production on what is said to conclude the “Skywalker Saga,” co-wrote the film’s screenplay with Chris Terrio. Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams and the late Carrie Fisher. Newcomers to the cast include Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell and Richard E. Grant,

Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the “Star Wars” saga since 1977’s “A New Hope,” will return to a galaxy far, far away with “Episode IX”. “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).

A Lucasfilm Ltd. and Walt Disney Pictures release, “Star Wars: Episode IX” is scheduled to hit the big screen December 2019.


Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.