Dominic Monaghan Joins Star Wars: Episode IX
by Erik Amaya
Dominic Monaghan is going from Middle-earth to a galaxy far, far away.
Deadline reports the Lost actor is the latest person to join the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX. The J.J. Abrams film is currently in production. Monaghan’s role is, of course, unknown, so expect some fans to assume he is Rey’s father when he’ll likely be a pilot or maybe even a Knight of Ren.
The film takes place sometime after Star Wars: The Last Jedi with the remaining Resistance fighters trying to mount a new rebellion against the First Order. Stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac are set to return with Original Trilogy actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams also reprising their roles. Fisher, who passed away in 2016, will continue on as General Leia Organa thanks to material shot during the production of The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but not used in the released versions of either film. Hamill, whose character became one with the Force in The Last Jedi, will presumably return as a Force ghost like Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) and Yoda (Frank Oz) before him.
Monaghan is the latest member of the Abrams repertory company to join the Star Wars galaxy. Actor Greg Grunberg appeared in The Force Awakens as a Resistance X-Wing pilot. And back in July, word broke that Keri Russell was in early talks to appear in the film, though it unclear if that is still the case. Russell stared in Abrams’ television series Felicity while Grunberg and Monaghan appeared in the Abrams-produced Alias and Lost.
Star Wars: Episode IX opens on December 20th, 2019.