He’s already well versed in the travel of time and space, but now Matt Smith will get to exercise those galactic hero chops again in a brand new adventure: according to Variety, he’s been cast in a major role in the new JJ. Abrams-directed Star Wars film.
With the film as yet untitled, the veteran actor of Dr. Who and The Crown will be working alongside returning cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver, as well as newcomers Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Dominic Monaghan, and Naomi Ackie.
Billy Dee Williams is reprising his role as Lando Calrissian, and Carrie Fisher will be featured as Leia Organa in the final installment of the Skywalker saga, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Fisher died in December 2016 at the age of 60.
Mark Hamill will be returning as Luke Skywalker (presumably either as a Force ghost or in flashbacks) and Anthony Daniels will reprise his role at C-3PO.
Star Wars: Episode IX is the last in the current trilogy, being directed by J.J. Abrams, and is scheduled for release in December 2019.