star wars episode 9 cast

Matt Smith is heading back to space for a key role in Star Wars: Episode 9. The British actor best known for his roles in Doctor Who and The Crown has been cast in the next installment of the Star Wars franchise in an undisclosed, but major, role.

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Episode 9 cast Dominic Monaghan

Dominic Monaghan is reuniting with Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams for Star Wars: Episode 9. Monaghan is the latest addition to the Episode 9 cast, which includes other newcomers Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell. Monaghan’s character in the sequel remains a mystery at this time.

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Carrie Fisher Episode 9

In April of 2017, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that the late Carrie Fisher would not appear in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode 9, despite the claims of Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother. But it looks like Todd ended up being right in the long run, because the production ultimately figured out a way to include General Leia after all by utilizing unused footage that was shot during the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

In a recent interview, Todd Fisher reacts to the decision and says Leia’s final appearance will be “important to us all.”

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End of the Skywalker Saga

The final shot of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a Force-sensitive stable boy gazing up at the stars, echoes Luke Skywalker watching the dual sunset on Tatooine. Separated from the original film by 40 years and an ever-widening mythology — one that’s focused largely on a single lineage — the closing moments of Episode VIII brought the saga back to its roots, in a way.

As far as anyone knew in 1977, Luke was the last remaining Skywalker. Darth Vader was not his father. Leia was not his sister, and Old Ben did not live nearby specifically to protect him. Luke was a farmer and an orphan, albeit one whose father was once a Jedi. He dreamed of flying among the stars, and his journey was catalyzed not by lineage or destiny, but by the incidental murder of his aunt and uncle. He was left a nobody, thrust into a larger world of conflict that had found him by accident.

That’s no longer the Star Wars we know, but when the next chapter is written in 2019, it could, and perhaps should be once again.

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Star Wars Episode 9 theory

After Star Wars: The Force Awakens took great pains to establish the mystery of Rey’s parentage, Rian Johnson came along with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and created one of the all-time best mic drop moments in the franchise’s history: Rey’s parents are nobodies. It was a reveal that clearly removed the film’s heroine from a famous family lineage, making it clear that heroes don’t need a specific last name to be one of the most important figures in a galaxy far, far away.

But this new Star Wars Episode 9 theory may have found a way for writer/director J.J. Abrams to reverse that reveal and make Rey’s parents two characters with whom audiences are already very familiar. In the words of Alec Guinness’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, “I fear something terrible has happened.” Read More »

Carrie Fisher in Episode 9

When the Star Wars: Episode 9 cast was announced, the line-up included a big surprise: Carrie Fisher. Fisher died before the release of The Last Jedi, and many assumed her character, Leia Organa, wouldn’t be featured in the next film. According to the Episode 9 cast announcement, director J.J. Abrams plans to utilize unused Force Awakens footage of Fisher. Now, Fisher’s brother is claiming the film will also employ additional, unused Last Jedi footage as well.

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Star Wars Episode 9 photo

J.J. Abrams has officially joined Twitter.

The prolific writer/director/producer previously tweeted messages from his Bad Robot Productions’ Twitter account, but now Abrams has created his own page and shared the first behind the scenes Star Wars Episode 9 photo from the set as filming officially gets underway. Read More »

General Leia in Star Wars Episode 9

When the official press release announcing the cast of Star Wars: Episode 9 was revealed on Friday, fans were happy to hear that Mark Hamill would be returning as Luke Skywalker (likely in a Force ghost capacity) and Billy Dee Williams would finally reprise his role of Lando Calrissian. But there was one returning legacy character that was rather surprising: Carrie Fisher as General Leia.

Carrie Fisher sadly passed away in December of 2016, which resulted in a massive overhaul of what was originally planned for Episode 9. Since then, fans have assumed that a time jump between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the next and final installment of the Skywalker saga would make it possible for General Leia to have died off-screen. But as the press release says, J.J. Abrams has figured out a way to use unseen footage from The Force Awakens to bring the character back and offer “a truly satisfying conclusion” with her presence.

The question is: what footage could have been shot for The Force Awakens that might be repurposed for Star Wars: Episode 9? It turns out that there are a couple possible sequences cut from The Force Awakens that we already know about which might offer some hint as to how Carrie Fisher will come into play for this final chapter in the Skywalker saga. Read More »

Episode 9 cast

Update: Actress Keri Russell was added to the official press release a few hours after the cast announcement.  Our original article follows, along with a brief update about Russell’s involvement.

The cast of Star Wars: Episode 9 has just been announced, and it includes some big surprises. See the full Episode 9 cast below.

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Even though it’s still a year and a half away, the rumor mill is already hitting lightspeed for Star Wars: Episode 9, especially as we begin to get more of an idea of what the film will actually look like. The first big announcement was that The Americans star Keri Russell would be joining the cast. And, of course, as is the way of the contemporary pop culture press, everyone has an idea of just who Keri might be playing in the next installment of the biggest franchise in the galaxy.

As a firm Stormpilot – Finn and Poe Forever – shipper, I know how hard it can be when all your Star Wars dreams don’t come true. So to help everyone, I’ve come up with the most concise, conclusive, and 100% completely speculative list of 10 characters that Keri Russell is definitely not playing in Star Wars: Episode 9. From the obvious to the deep cut, the Darth to the Hutt, we’ve covered them all just so you won’t be disappointed when doors open on the film in December 2019.

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