The Eleventh Doctor is about to make the move to Episode IX. Variety is reporting that Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown) has just signed on for a role in the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars movie.
According to the report, Smith has joined the Star Wars cast to play a still-undisclosed character, just as filming on the final feature in the Skywalker saga ramps up in England. It’s not even known yet whether Smith “will be on the side of the Rebels or the evil Empire,” Variety reports.
The 35 year-old played the Eleventh Doctor in BBC’s Doctor Who series from 2010 through 2013, and more recently has portrayed the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip in Netflix’s The Crown.
Smith will join an Episode IX cast that returns familiar series anchors Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), along with first-time Star Wars actors Keri Russell, Dominic Monaghan, Naomi Ackie, and Richard E. Grant. Billy Dee Williams is also reprising his Episode V role as Lando Calrissian, as are Mark Hamill as Luke and, according to earlier reports, the late, great Carrie Fisher, via unreleased footage, as Princess Leia.
Star Wars: Episode IX is slated to release on Dec. 20 of next year.