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Matt Smith boards 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

“Star Wars: Episode IX” has just cast a Doctor. Variety reports that Matt Smith, best known as the eleventh incarnation of the BBC‘s “Doctor Who,” has joined the cast of the J.J. Abrams film. There’s no word yet on who he might be playing, but Smith should have no problem adjusting to life in a galaxy far, far away.

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, Richard E. Grant and Dominic Monaghan.

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. Check back for updates on the production as they become available.


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.