We\u2019ve already known for a while that Matt Smith (Doctor Who) has been cast in J.J. Abrams\u2019 Star Wars Episode IX, but we don\u2019t know who he\u2019s playing as of now. We do know that he\u2019s been cast in a \u2018key role\u2019 and rumor has it that he\u2019s actually going to be playing a young Palpatine.\r\n\r\nThis comes from Mr. Sunday Movies of the Weekly Planet Podcast who says that someone close to the production has leaked that Smith is playing a younger version of the former Emperor. Of course, we should take this info with a grain of salt; even the source admits that they could be wrong. It\u2019s just worth noting that Mr. Sunday has always been a reliable source for news\u2014unlike a certain Mike Zeroh.\r\n\r\nPersonally, I would prefer that Smith would be playing a new character created for the movie. With a lot of fans demanding that this movie be some sort of \u2018course correction\u2019 after The Last Jedi, I\u2019m a part of the fandom that loves how Rian Johnson subverted all expectations and gave Abrams a blank slate to start his story. It would be a shame if we were suddenly given a whole lot of \u2018shocking\u2019 reveals like Snoke\u2019s backstory or Rey\u2019s \u2018true\u2019 parentage.\r\n\r\nI really don\u2019t want Episode IX to suddenly rely on callbacks of old characters like the Emperor; but I am open to an Easter Egg or two.\r\n\r\nCatch Star Wars Episode IX in theaters Dec. 20, 2019.