Matt Smith in galaxy far far away? Star Wars fans are freaking out over latest Episode IX casting

Directed by JJ Abrams, the much-awaited installment also stars Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Dominic Monaghan, and Naomi Ackie amongst others.


                            Matt Smith in galaxy far far away? Star Wars fans are freaking out over latest Episode IX casting

Better known for his turn as Prince Philip in acclaimed Netflix drama, 'The Crown', and for his stint as the eleventh incarnation in the BBC's 'Doctor Who', English actor Matt Smith is said to be coming on board for a role, pivotal to his Hollywood career. Following his journey through time and in the Buckingham Palace, the 35-year-old actor's next role could be set in the galaxy far far away, as multiple reports confirm Smith's casting in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'.

Directed by JJ Abrams, the much-awaited installment has already garnered a buzz, especially after reports assured involvement of A-listers like Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Dominic Monaghan, and Naomi Ackie in the cast. Now with Smith's addition, indeed all eyes will be on this latest installment, which also stars returning actors Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, and Adam Driver. 



 

With the aid of previously unseen clips from 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', Episode IX is also said to feature the late Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa. Following her sad demise back in December 2016, the iconic actress had not only left many a Star Wars fan in mourning but also a Fisher-sized void that is hard to fill,  even with the inclusion of a star-studded cast.

In addition to the mix of old and new faces, though, Star Wars fans will also be treated to some treasured reprisals in Episode 9, in the form of  Billy Dee Williams (who will be back as the beloved Lando Calrissian) and Mark Hamill (bringing to life the character of Luke Skywalker). Set to be the final installment in the Skywalker saga, the film is currently in production and a subject of conversation owing to the ceaseless updated. 

Earlier, Abrams had even dished about the film, especially about Fisher posthumously reprising her General Leia role.  

“We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” he said. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, 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.”

While Fisher's involvement with the film was itself an anticipation-booster, now fans have the Doctor Who actor too, to keep them on their toes until Episode 9 releases on December 20, 2019.