Good news for fans of Doctor Who and Star Wars. These two worlds are colliding now that Matt Smith has been recruited to join the cast of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX. He played Who's titular protagonist from 2010-13.
According to Deadline, it’s not clear if the Crown actor will join the First Order or side with the Resistance, but he’ll be onscreen alongside the returning cast of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver, as well as new Star Wars actors Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Dominic Monaghan, and Naomi Ackie.
Last month, it was also revealed that Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, and Anthony Daniels will also return. This marks Williams' first time appearing in the franchise since Episode VI: Return of the Jedi in 1983.
Smith clearly has an acting range. In addition to his sci-fi chops, he was cast earlier this year to portray Charles Manson in the upcoming biopic Charlie Says. The project will focus on the three women who were sentenced to life in prison for their role in the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders, and filming began in the spring.
Unfortunately, we'll still have to wait more than a year to see Smith join the Star Wars universe. The next flick in the franchise will be released on Dec. 20, 2019.