SALT LAKE CITY — We don’t know a whole lot about the new characters and cast members we’ll see in “The Rise of Skywalker.”
One of the mysteries surrounding the film is what role Matt Smith, of “Doctor Who” fame, will play.
Now Disney appears to be reconfirming that yes, Smith is in the films. They have him listed him as a cast member for the film on the UK version of the Disney website. Matt Smith’s name does not appear on the StarWars.com cast list, though according to io9, they did have him listed there last July.
What makes this situation stranger are comments made by Richard E. Grant, whose name appears on the “Rise of Skywalker” cast list and who starred with Smith in a “Doctor Who” Christmas special.
When asked if he and Smith will share scenes in the upcoming “Star Wars” film back in February, Grant said, “I would be fired if I told you anything about that.”
Emily Zemler, who interviewed Smith for the Los Angeles Times, took to Twitter to suggest that though Smith told her he wouldn’t be in the film, he could be keeping secrets about the film.
So if you’re keeping track, Smith has at some point been confirmed to be in “The Rise of Skywalker” by both Disney and StarWars.com, according to ComicBook.com. Smith has denied these rumors as recently as March, but in February, a man reported to be Smith’s co-star in “The Rise of Skywalker” implied that Smith does have some connection to the film and his denial could be hiding a secret.
Unless Disney is extremely mixed up about Smith’s role and has mistakenly listed his name on their site, or unless Smith was supposed to be in the film but no longer is, someone behind the scenes of Star Wars wants to keep his role in the film a secret, and that’s perhaps the biggest story here.
"The Rise of Skywalker" hits theaters Dec. 20.