It’s official! Dominic Monaghan has been tapped to star in Star Wars: Episode IX.
The casting reunites the Lost alum and Lord of the Rings with director JJ Abrams who worked with Monaghan on ABC’s Lost.
Almost immediately after the star teased that he’s heading to a galaxy far, far away Lucasfilms and Disney confirmed the casting. This has been a long time gestating as Monaghan’s desire to join the franchise dates back to 2014 when he talked with Abrams about the possibility of joining the cast.
“Give me a lightsaber, I’ll do anything,” Monaghan told DweebCast at the time. “[Abrams] said, ‘We’re putting together a cast of unknowns. We want to follow the ’77 New Hope cast because obviously, Harrison Ford wasn’t well known at that point, Mark Hamill wasn’t and Carrie Fisher wasn’t either.”
“What he said was, ‘We don’t want to fall into that mistake of people going, ‘Oh, it’s that guy from that thing!’ and then you’re completely out of the Star Wars universe,’” he explained.
Monaghan took to social media to tease his participation in the franchise, sharing a post with a phrase from Obi-Wan Kenobi with the caption, “Seems apropos,” after which he gave an official quote to Deadline confirming the news, “The galaxy far far away has had almost as much influence as the one I live in, so I am delighted to be involved.”
Star Wars: Episode IX is currently filming in the UK and is set for a December 2019 release.