With Star Wars: Episode IX taking a backseat to other developments, Dominic Monaghan opens up with small but telling details in the least Mark Ruffalo way possible.
With some of the recent developments flying around the galaxy, it’s easy to forget we are a mere 14 months removed from Star Wars: Episode IX. The talk of the last week or two has been laser focused on Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, the premiere of Star Wars Resistance and the inflammatory assertion that Russian Trolls and political agendas may have helped sour some fan aspects of the The Last Jedi.
However, it is a new day and the Episode IX hype train is back and gaining momentum toward that pre-Christmas, December 20, 2019 release date.
First, we were greeted to news that a Redditor may have stumbled upon a Star Wars set location for the new film. Now, it seems Dominic Monaghan is channeling his anti-Mark Ruffalo, who may or may not have blown the title of the next entry of the Avengers Saga (remember, he’d blown the ending of Infinity War before it came out), and giving us little bits of information as to what his part may be when the script is complete.
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Speaking on the Distraction Pieces Podcast, the actor reiterated his strong friendship with J.J. Abrams, explaining that he and Abrams just clicked while filming the pilot episode of Lost and the two share a lot of similar “geeky” interests. He went on to announce:
"“[He told me], ‘Just be aware of the fact that there are massive sequences in Act Two, there are massive sequences in Act Three but because we’re shooting Act One first, I’ve put you in there and you seem to not be around as much in Act Two and Act Three but that’s because that’s what we’re doing first so I want you here, I want you invested.“‘So read the script but just know there won’t be long until there’ll be a re-draft of those things and we’ll see you a little bit more’."
Not much can be gathered from the conversation except that Abrams has plans for Monaghan’s untitled role to expand within the film. Speculation can run rampant as to what Monaghan’s involvement in the film actually is.
Some have surmised he might be one of the, yet, unseen Knights of Ren that Abrams will almost, undoubtedly, include. But who knows, maybe Monaghan will be singing songs to Kylo Ren as he eats chicken in spastic fits and dribbles wine all over–thank goodness he wears an all black ensemble. That is, unless, Billy Boyd is already signed on to play the part.
Too bad Monaghan didn’t mention if he was close to Mark Ruffalo, we might’ve already known the ending, the title and how hard Disney planned on strong arming theater chains before next December.
Star Wars: Episode IX premieres in December 2019 in theaters.