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‘Star Wars 9’ Adds Matt Smith in Key Role

‘Star Wars 9’ Adds Matt Smith in Key Role

News of his casting comes courtesy of Variety, who also report that he has a "key role" in the film, although of course there's no word yet on exactly who or what that is.

The former Doctor Who actor has been linked to Star Wars: Episode IX in a "key role", U.S. entertainment trade magazine Variety has claimed. "I'm calling it now that there's a First Order Schism and he leads the non-Hux faction. perhaps even to joining the Resistance". Billy Dee Williams is set to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian, while Carrie Fisher will return as Leia Organa through archival and unreleased footage.

The names of other recently announced new cast members had already sent fans into a spin wondering which characters they'll play and how they'll slot into the saga. Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Dominic Monaghan, and Naomi Ackie have all joined the film's growing cast, which of course includes Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Mark Hamill. The secrets of Star Wars 9 will remain under wraps for a good long while, but at least we know the new cast members in this thing are incredibly exciting.

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So the skill may be far more widespread than previously believed, reports Royal Society Open Science . He wanted to see whether animals besides dogs and horses can respond to human facial expression.

Sources confirmed that the galactic gambler would indeed be returning to a galaxy far, far away- for the first time since 1983 in Return if the Jedi.

Other new members of the cast include British actress Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant, both of whom are also now taking on unnamed roles.