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Matt Smith From 'The Crown' Joins 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Cast

We have some big news coming out of the Star Wars universe, as The Crown star Matt Smith is joining the Star Wars: Episode IX cast. The movie is currently in production in the U.K. While we know that Smith is joining the Star Wars cast, we do not know if the Doctor Who alum will be on the side of the rebels or the evil empire.

For the Star Wars: Episode IX cast, Smith will be joining returning cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver. Beside Smith, the other newcomers joining the Star Wars: Episode IX cast are Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Dominic Monaghan, and Naomi Ackie. We will also see Billy Dee Williams reprise his role as Lando Calrissian and Carrie Fisher will be featured as Leia Organa, even though she died in December 2016. They plan on using previously unreleased footage of Fisher, which was shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Mark Hamill will be returning as Luke Skywalker and Anthony Daniels will reprise his role at C-3PO.

J.J. Abrams will be directing Star Wars: Episode IX after Colin Trevorrow exited following creative differences. Abrams joined last fall and has spent most of the time working on the script with Chris Terrio. Kathleen Kennedy will be serving as producer.

As far as Smith goes, he was last seen in his Emmy-nominated performance as Prince Philip in Netflix's The Crown. That was the final season for Smith on The Crown, as all the major roles for the third season were recast. For his next role, Smith will be in Charlie Says, in which he plays Charles Mason. Charlie Says will premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday.

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