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Star Wars Weekly: New Episode IX casting and more Resistance sizzle

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Mar 25, 2019, 3:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Time again for STAR WARS WEEKLY, the SYFY WIRE series that rounds up the most important news of the week from a galaxy far, far away. Think of us as your own personal Star Wars Holocron.


A number of outlets are reporting that it appears as though Matt Smith and Dominic Monaghan have been added to the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX.

Matt Smith is best known for his turn as the 11th iteration of the Doctor on BBC's long-running series Doctor Who.

Dominic Monaghan is best known for his turn as Meriadoc Brandybuck from the Lord of the Rings movies, but he also has a past working with J.J. Abrams from his days on Lost.

As with any bit of casting rumor, it's important to note that neither of these casting reports has been made official. They may well be true, but they have not been officially announced by any representative of Lucasfilm, Star Wars, or even Disney.

And, while the casting of both of these geek icons is exciting, it's still left many to wonder why we're not seeing more announcements for more women and people of color. Hopefully, the film has many more parts for better representation.

UPDATE: Monaghan's casting was made official on this week's episode of The Star Wars Show.


A new behind-the-scenes reel came out to highlight the new team we'll be meeting in Star Wars Resistance in September.

Team Fireball consists of a motley crew of characters stationed aboard a new Resistance installation called The Colossus. Underneath the fun of it all is a spy mission undertaken by Kaz Xiono, voiced by Christopher Sean. He's sent to learn more about the growing threat of the First Order while keeping a minimal profile as a mechanic. The show looks like a lot of fun and deeply inspired by Robotech. It premieres on the Disney Channel on October 7 at 10PM.


Hayden Christensen, best known for his turn as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, was caught on a red carpet and asked about the recent situation with Kelly Marie Tran. She'd been harassed off of social media and wrote eloquently about her response to it in the New York Times recently.

His advice to her was borne out of his experience with Star Wars. He's largely disappeared from the public eye since his turn as everyone's favorite Sith Lord, and it's thought to be because of his treatment at the hands of fans. When asked how Kelly Marie Tran should deal with online trolls, Christensen said, "I don't know if I have any advice for that, but just… you know, don't take it too seriously, because, unfortunately, [bullies] are the ones that make the most noise. But the majority of people don't feel that way, so keep that in mind."


Yahoo! News caught up with Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron in the sequel trilogy, and they asked him about the fan divide over The Last Jedi. He talked about how much that pleased him, but he also turned his attention to the fan court-martial of his character at San Diego Comic-Con that we covered in July.

"I love that," Isaac said. "It's incredible, because you have people actually engaging with the ethical question of war and what leadership is. The last thing you want is for people to watch a movie and be like, 'Great,' and then move on. With [The Last Jedi], the conversation continues and can stir real emotions. You're having a conversation about actual things that matter, you know?"

You can read their whole conversation here.


It's amazing how many years you can be entrenched in the world of Star Wars and still see new photographs from the making of the film. This batch of polaroids comes from the website Vintage Everyday and covers a number of key moments from the making of Star Wars: A New Hope in the '70s. The most interesting photos, to me, are those from the deleted scenes. It's always fun to imagine what the film might have looked like with Biggs and Cami in the film.