His name was previously linked for a ‘key role’ according to the trade papers, but former “Doctor Who” and “The Crown” star Matt Smith has indicated he’s not involved in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Wars: Episode IX”.
In an interview with The LA Times, Smith seemingly denied having a role in the recently-wrapped final Skywalker saga film, though also chose his wording very carefully saying: “As far as I can tell, I’m definitely not [in it].”
Smith is happy to talk about one project he is in, the Jared Leto-led Marvel Comics adaptation “Morbius” at Sony Pictures. While he won’t say whom he’s playing, he revealed his former ‘Who’ co-star Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) talked him into it:
“I can’t tell you her exact advice to me – I’d have to kill you. But she told me that she really likes it, making those movies. That was enough for me. And that’s been my experience so far. I really like the director, Daniel Espinosa, on [‘Morbius’]. I’ve kind of waited [comic book movies] out a bit. I nearly did one last year and then I didn’t. This one felt right because of him.”
“Star Wars: Episode IX” is slated to open December 20th with “Morbius” coming sometime next year.