Now that Matt Smith has passed on his crown to Tobias Menzies in The Crown. The Doctor Who alumni has moved onto his next project and some would say its a pretty big deal. Smith will be joining the Star Wars hall of fame in Episode IX.

Details of which side Smith will be on or any character details are being kept under lock and key.

Smith joins returning cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver, as well as newcomers Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Dominic Monaghan, and Naomi Ackie. Billy Dee Williams is reprising his role as Lando Calrissian, and Carrie Fisher will be featured as Leia Organa in the final instalment of the Skywalker saga, using previously unreleased footage shot for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Mark Hamill will also be returning as Luke Skywalker and Anthony Daniels will reprise his role at C-3PO.

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J.J. Abrams, who directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is back on board to take the helm after Colin Trevorrow exited following “creative differences”. Chris Terrio has co-written the script with Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy is producing the pic.

The production is currently filming in the UK.

Smith spent the last couple of years thrilling audiences in Netflix’s The Crown. His outstanding performance in season 2 garnered him an Emmy nomination. He was also recently seen in Patient Zero and can be seen next in Charlie Says, in which he plays Charles Manson. Charlie Says will premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday.