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Last year, word came out that Doctor Who alum Matt Smith would be appearing in Star Wars: Episode IX. Fans were delighted, with many expecting the British actor to play a new villain alongside Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren and Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux in the third and final installment of Lucasfilm’s sequel trilogy.
However, Smith now claims that he has nothing to do with the film. LA Times writer Emily Zemier just recently took to Twitter to speak about her short interview with Smith yesterday, and apparently it seems like Smith is not going to appear in the highly anticipated Episode IX.
“One takeaway: Matt Smith is not in the next #StarWars movie, despite reports to the contrary. He told me, ‘As far as I can tell, I’m definitely not.’ (Although maybe we’ll be surprised by his secret keeping in December.)” Zemier wrote in her post.
One takeaway: Matt Smith is not in the next #StarWars movie, despite reports to the contrary. He told me, “As far as I can tell, I’m definitely not." (Although maybe we'll be surprised by his secret keeping in December.)
— Emily Zemler (@emilyzemler) March 7, 2019
This must be disappointing news to Doctor Who fans everywhere. Everyone was excited to see Doctor Who’s playful Tigger play the part of a baddie in Star Wars’ galaxy far, far away. Yet, we should all be reminded that Lucasfilm never really announced that Smith would appear in the film.
Of course, it’s also possible that Smith was supposed to have a cameo in the movie, one that probably ended up in the bottom of the cutting room floor during the editing process of Episode IX. It’s also likely that Smith could be lying about his non-involvement – a great tactic to keep fans from spreading rumors about his appearance in the film.
Let’s wait and see.
Star Wars: Episode IX premieres December 20, 2019.