From The TARDIS to a Galaxy far, far, away, former Doctor Who star Matt Smith has just landed a role in Star Wars: Episode IX.
In a huge clash of fandoms, former Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith has just been cast in Star Wars: Episode IX. Avoiding the vitriol thrown towards other Star Wars cast members, Smith’s casting has been met with a mostly positive reaction so far.
Smith’s exact role in Episode IX has not been specified as yet. But in his case, this is a small detail.
Here are three reasons why Matt Smith is a perfect fit for Star Wars, no matter what role he plays.
1. He’s no stranger to long times ago, or Galaxies Far Away.
In his role on Doctor Who, Matt Smith travelled both back and forward in time. He travelled to far away planets, and conversed with unusual alien species. And, he took part in more than one epic space battle.
All of this sets him up well for anything Star Wars needs him to do. About the only thing Matt Smith hasn’t done yet is use a lightsaber. He may soon get the chance to do so.
2. He has shown enormous range in his past roles
While The Eleventh Doctor is the role for which Smith remains best known, Sci-fi is far from all he can do. Unlike some past Doctors, he has managed to avoid becoming typecast.
After Doctor Who, Smith has gone on to play Prince Philip in the first two seasons of The Crown. The role has won him critical acclaim. In horror film Patient Zero, Smith plays a man who maintains the ability to speak with the rabid humans infected by a mutant virus. He has also earned praise for his stage work, particularly as Patrick Bateman in the stage version of American Psycho.
That said, Matt Smith is often at his best amongst the otherworldly or alien. He should slot right in to the Star Wars world.
3. He’s made a habit of being the best bit of some not so great movies.
After the lukewarm reaction to The Last Jedi, the Star Wars franchise has some ground to win back with fans.
As it turns out, Matt Smith is rather good at that type of thing. Terminator Genisys was a failure with fans and critics alike. But Matt Smith’s performance as Skynet wasn’t the problem. Most would have liked more of it. Much more. Why cast such a brilliant physical manifestation of Skynet, some asked, if he’s only going to be in it for a few minutes?
If Star Wars uses Smith right, he won’t become an entry on a ‘What’s wrong with Episode IX’ list. He’ll more likely be one of the best bits.
Star Wars: Episode IX hits theatres on December 20, 2019.