That seems to be the news that The Hollywood Reporter are hearing as the Lord of the Rings and Lost actor shares tweets hinting at his appearance in Episode IX.
Lost star Dominic Monaghan is reuniting with J.J. Abrams. The actor has been cast in Star Wars: Episode IX, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Monaghan rose to prominence thanks to his role as the lovable Hobbit Merry in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and starred as Charlie Pace on the Abrams-produced Lost from 2004-10 on ABC. He appeared in Duncan Jones’ Netflix movie Mute this year.
The actor has been vocal about his interest appearing in a Star Wars movie, and has spoken about broaching the subject with Abrams after the director signed up for 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
At the time, Abrams told him he was building a cast of unknowns, akin to the stars of the original 1977 film. Monaghan’s role in Episode IX is unknown.
And Monaghan posted this just a few minutes ago.
— Dominic Monaghan. (@DomsWildThings) August 24, 2018
As always, it’s just a rumour until Lucasfilm confirm it, but this one looks set to become fact sooner rather than later as J.J. Abrams once again leans on familiar actors to bring the sequel trilogy home.