It is no secret that 2017’s “The Last Jedi” was a huge disappointment and has left the Star Wars fandom divided like never before. J.J. Abrams has a monumental task to restore the fans faith in the saga when his Episode IX opens in December 2019. On August 28thAbrams took a bold step when it was announced that every fanboy’s dream came true with the addition of Matt Smith to the cast. As of writing it is unclear if it will be just a cameo or a major role in the movie.
Smith played the Doctor from 2010 thru 2014 and his quirky interpretation of the Doctor made him a fan favorite. Since leaving the Tardis in 2014, Smith has kept busy with roles in “Terminator Genisys”, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and perhaps his best role since leaving Doctor Who, playing Prince Phillip in the Netflix original bio-series “The Crown”.
Star Wars has a history of quietly giving major stars cameo’s in the movies. John Wayne started this in the original Star Wars, John Ratzenberger had a speaking part in “The Empire Strikes Back” and of course both Simon Pegg & Daniel Craig in “The Force Awakens”. The best cameo to not make it into the film was Tom Hardy’s performance as a Storm Trooper in “The Last Jedi”. If you have not watched this deleted scene, please do so and thank me later.
It is not a surprise that there has been an addition to the cast after filming has begun. According to several reports, Abrams has been busy rewriting several parts of the script while shooting. We can only hope that he will utilize Smith’s talent without hiding him in a mask and give him a pivotal role in the story. Could he be one of the mysterious allies of Leia’s from the outer rim? We can only speculate until December 2019.