Middle Earth and a galaxy far far away are about to get quite a connection. According to Deadline, actor Dominic Monaghan has been cast in an unknown role for Lucasfilm & J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX.
Monaghan is of course no stranger to franchises after his turn as Merry in all three The Lord of the Rings films and no stranger to the world of J.J. Abrams as the two worked together on the Abrams produced series Lost.
“The galaxy far far away has had almost as much influence as the one I live in, so I am delighted to be involved,” Monaghan said.
Since the main principal cast was already announced last month, it seems likely that Monaghan’s role might not be a big one but could still hold some importantce. There is also the chance that we might not even recoognize him as already the recent films have brought in the likes of Simon Pegg, Tom Hardy and Daniel Craig among others that were all unrecognizable as they were behind alien guises or Stormtrooper helmets at the time.
Since news of his casting came ahead of time, unlike those aformentioned actors, it seems likely that Monaghan’s role will be something probably a little beefier than a brief or short cameo style situation.
Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisey Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Domhnall Gleeson, Keri Russell, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher. The film opens on December 20, 2019.