In a sci-fi crossover big enough to make the galaxy shake, former Doctor Who star Matt Smith is reportedly set to join the cast of Star Wars Episode IX.
The Crown star has been lined up for “a key role” in JJ Abrams' concluding chapter to the Skywalker saga, according to US insiders Variety, joining fellow newcomers Keri Russell, Dominic Monaghan and Richard E Grant alongside returning stars like Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega.
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It’s currently unclear whether Smith will play a hero or a villain in the 2019 movie – you never know, maybe HE’S playing classic villain Grand Admiral Thrawn instead of Grant – but if true, the role will definitely land him in the rather exclusive club of actors moving between the Doctor Who and Star Wars universes.
Other actors who've appeared in both franchises include Warwick Davis and Felicity Jones, while Grant himself actually starred alongside Smith in several episodes of Doctor Who in 2012-3.
Star Wars Episode IX will be released in December 2019