Photo: Variety

From Doctor Who to The Crown, Matt Smith is joining another mega franchise.

Smith was cast in Star Wars: Episode IX, which is just about a month into production, according to Variety. The report says he will play a “key” role, but it’s unclear what exact part he will portray in a galaxy far, far away.

Smith joins newcomers Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell in Star Wars: Episode IX, along with returning cast members Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams are also reprising their roles, and Carrie Fisher will be featured with previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 

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Maddie Michalik

Maddie Michalik

Maddie Michalik is the senior editor at the Pop Insider, best known as the resident Insta Queen, where she fuels her geeky heart with the latest entertainment and pop culture news. She travels to different stations in the U.S. and Canada to show all her fav products on TV! Maddie is also an editor at the Toy Insider, the leading consumer holiday gift guide and toy review and news website, and serves as the editor-in-chief of leading trade magazine The Toy Book and weekly e-newsletter Toy Report, keeping the toy industry up to date with the latest happenings. Her love for consuming media is surpassed only by her love creating it (especially when she gets to talk about her favorite things). She is a Leslie Knope in training, and you can often find her rereading the Harry Potter series with a cup of coffee in her hand and patiently waiting for the next season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. See more of Maddie on Twitter and Instagram @MaddieMichalik.