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No news on the role he might play – Resistance, First Order or other – but rumour arrives via Variety that the Eleventh Doctor Who Matt Smith is to join the in-production Episode IX in a major role.

Sources tell Variety that “The Crown” star Matt Smith is joining “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which is currently in production in the U.K. It’s unknown at this time whether the “Doctor Who” alum will be on the side of the rebels or the evil empire.

Smith joins returning cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver, as well as newcomers Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Dominic Monaghan, and Naomi Ackie. Billy Dee Williams is reprising his role as Lando Calrissian, and Carrie Fisher will be featured as Leia Organa in the final installment of the Skywalker saga, using previously unreleased footage shot for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Fisher died in December 2016 at the age of 60.

Mark Hamill will be returning as Luke Skywalker and Anthony Daniels will reprise his role at C-3PO.

the rebels or the evil empire‘. Good grief, who researches this stuff? Stay tuned, as production continues we should soon be hearing what roles Smith, Dominic Monaghan, Richard E. Grant and Keri Russell are playing in the production.