J.J. Abrams is getting his band back together.
Deadline reports frequent Abrams collaborator Greg Grunberg will return for Star Wars: Episode IX in an undisclosed role. Often appearing in small parts in Abrams films — he was the voice of Jim Kirk’s step-father in Star Trek, for example — the actor debuted in the Star Wars Galaxy as Resistance fighter pilot Snap Wexley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Unseen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the character apparently died during the Resistance evacuation of D’Qar at the start of eighth Star Wars saga film. Other Star Wars media suggests the pilot was sent off on another mission before the First Order arrived in orbit of the Resistance base.
Should Wexley prove to be dead, it is very easy for Grunberg to voice a droid or disappear into heavy effects make-up.
The film will reported bring to a close the Skywalker saga begun in the original 1976 Star Wars; later rechristened as Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope. Original Trilogy series stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Anthony Daniels are set to reprise their roles. Fisher, who passed away in 2016, will appear thanks to material filmed for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but unused in the released versions of both films. Sequel Trilogy stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver and Kelly Marie Tran are also set to return. Besides Smith, newcomers to the series include Dominic Monaghan, Matt Smith and another frequent Abrams collaborator, Keri Russell.
Star Wars: Episode IX opens on December 20th, 2019.