Matt Smith shocked the Star Wars community by revealing he is not in Star Wars: Episode IX despite the numerous reports saying otherwise. So what is going on? Is he in the upcoming movie or not?
Back in 2018, we learned Matt Smith was to join the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX. Since then, we have speculated and discussed on who he might appear as based on solid and reliable sources.
However, despite everyone saying otherwise, Matt Smith shocked the Star Wars community by announcing he is in fact not in Star Wars: Episode IX. This has left many fans, and us here at Dork Side of the Force, scratching our heads wondering what on earth is going.
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So, we’re going to look at what we know, and try and come to a conclusion on if Matt Smith is in Star Wars: Episode IX or not.
Casting our minds back to when the news first broke about Matt Smith and it broke via Variety. An exclusive report from one of the most trusted sources in the entertainment news business. Basically, this didn’t come from a site whose reputation is questionable. This came from a source you can trust.
Shortly after the breaking news was made rumors started to emerge about who the former Doctor Who star would play. One rumor that looked promising came via The Weekly Planet Podcast. A source not as well known and reliable as Variety, but still a reliable one.
The rumor was how Matt Smith would play a Young Emperor Palpatine. Rumors had already emerged a Young Emperor Palpatine would feature in Star Wars: Episode IX so it seemed reasonable that this could be case.
Several weeks later another rumor emerged stating Matt Smith would not be playing a Young Emperor Palpatine but in fact a Knight of Ren. However, Making Star Wars then came out to explain while sources are staying tight lipped on details about Matt Smith the rumor about him playing a Knight of Ren was in fact wrong.
There is even an interview of Richard E. Grant, who definitely is in Star Wars: Episode IX, saying he would be fired if he revealed anything when asked if he was in any scenes with Matt Smith.
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 05: Matt Smith speaks onstage at the Tardis Time panel during New York Comic Con 2018 at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for New York Comic Con)
So, we’ve got a highly reputable entertainment news outlet, a highly trusted podcast, Making Star Wars, who are probably one of the most reliable Star Wars sites in existence, and an interview with Richard E. Grant, all talking about the actor being in the movie.
If this is not the case, then how on earth did everyone get it so wrong? And for so long as well?
Variety first reported the news back in August last year. That was six months ago. Why on earth did it take Matt Smith this long to correct the error?
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Conclusion, because he is in the movie. Despite him saying he is not, I think this is one of those cases where, because he is not allowed to reveal anything with all the secrecy around Star Wars: Episode IX, he has opted to just say he is not and avoid potentially landing himself in any trouble.
It seems like an odd thing to do, but it is probably one of the safest. He could of course have just said he can’t reveal anything, but then again, just saying you’re not in the movie cuts the interview dead right there.
We won’t know for certain until the movie is released in theaters at the end of the year but considering everything, I do think Matt Smith has thrown a Red Herring and he will be making an appearance in Star Wars: Episode IX.
What do you think? Will Matt Smith appear in Star Wars: Episode IX or not? Share your thoughts by dropping a comment just below.