Once again Matt Smith is seemingly off of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” but the reasons remain unclear.
The former “Doctor Who” and “The Crown” star Smith was reportedly cast in a small but key unspecified role back in August last year with several trades reporting the news and his name listed on the film’s official site.
In March this year, Smith himself said he isn’t going to be in the film at all and now the official webpage has been updated to only list three new names joining the cast for the new film – Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell and Richard E. Grant.
Dominic Monaghan is also in the film but his name isn’t listed. Smith’s name being out could mean he’s playing a secret role which the studio is trying to keep under wraps, or his role has been cut out or was changed so he’s no longer involved.
Smith at one point was rumored to be playing a version of Emperor Palpatine, but with the reveal of actor Ian McDiarmid at Star Wars Celebration for the trailer launch (and the iconic laugh in said trailer) it suggests the veteran actor will take on some version of that character.
So what Smith’s role could be is unclear right now. We’ll find out either way when “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opens December 20th.
Source: The Playlist