Doctor Who star Matt Smith is reportedly joining Star Wars: Episode IX

J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX began shooting earlier this month, and today, Variety reports that a new actor has joined the cast: former Doctor Who star Matt Smith.

As usual with all things Star Wars, advanced details are light at the moment, but the report describes Smith’s character as a “key role” in the upcoming film. Science fiction fans are doubtless most familiar with Smith for his multiyear run as the Eleventh Doctor on the BBC program Doctor Who. He’s also been demonstrating his range since leaving that program by earning an Emmy nomination for his performance as Prince Philip in Netflix’s historical drama The Crown.

Smith joins a cast filled with Star Wars regulars and newcomers to the saga. Lucasfilm has already announced…

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