Former Doctor Who and The Crown star Matt Smith, who was supposedly set to have a major role in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode IX isn’t actually in the final chapter of the Sequel Trilogy, according to, well, Matt Smith.
The actor, who is currently focusing on playing the villain in Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off movie, Morbius, recently told LA Times journalist Emily Zemler that he won’t be featuring in the upcoming Star Wars saga-capper, saying “As far as I can tell, I’m definitely not.”
Zemler then added, “The studio never announced him being in it, so it’s totally possible that was just a rumor. But also possible he wasn’t allowed to tell me.”
Episode IX is set for release on Dec. 20, but an official title for the film has yet to be revealed. Plot-wise, we’re still pretty much in the dark, too, although, presumably, we’ll have a better idea of what’s in store when the first trailer arrives in the next few weeks.
In lieu of any official information, plenty of rumors have made their way through the internet. One rumor suggests that the film will focus on the Knights of Ren and where they’ve been all this time. Some had speculated that Smith was set to play one of these villainous knights opposite Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, the leader of the mysterious faction. But it sounds like that won’t come to pass after all.
Episode IX still features quite a few newcomers, including Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth), Keri Russell (Felicity), and Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?). That’s plenty of new characters, considering the movie has the tough task of not only wrapping up the stories of Rey, Poe, Finn, and Kylo but also bringing the entire Skywalker saga to a close. That’s a pretty tall order. Keeping the additions to a minimum is probably for the best. Still, we’re excited to see all of these new faces in the galaxy far, far away.
More on Episode IX as it arrives.