Has anyone any info on the character Matt Smith was meant to be playing in Rise of Skywalker? Or was it just a red herring?

  • Unfortunately, no one Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 22:31
  • @DJSpicyDeluxe - Given his appalling performance in Terminator Genysysis, it's probably for the best
    – Valorum
    Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 23:30
  • @Valorum Never seen it, but I loved him in Doctor Who Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 5:24

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It was announced in Variety in August 2018 that he was attached to the film but this exclusive was accredited to "[unnamed] sources"*. From that point onward, there were no official confirmations that he was going to be in it aside from a quickly deleted tweet from Disney, and Smith actively denied it in multiple interviews.

Emily Zemler One takeaway: Matt Smith is not in the next #StarWars movie, despite reports to the contrary. He told me, "As far as I can tell, I’m definitely not." (Although maybe we'll be surprised by his secret keeping in December.)

Via Twitter - Mar 7, 2019

There's no indication that he was ever attached to the film and his total absence from the final cut would seem to be proof-positive that the Variety "exclusive" was just speculation.

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