Dominic Monaghan Joins “Star Wars: Episode IX”

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Dominic Monaghan reunites with JJ Abrams for Star Wars: Episode IX.

The Lost alum and Lord of the Rings star is officially heading to a galaxy far, far away and joins the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX.

Monaghan’s desire to join the franchise goes back to 2014 when he talked with Abrams about the possibility of joining the cast. 

“Give me a lightsaber, I’ll do anything,” Monaghan told DweebCast at the time. “[Abrams] said, ‘We’re putting together a cast of unknowns. We want to follow the ’77 New Hope cast because obviously, Harrison Ford wasn’t well known at that point, Mark Hamill wasn’t and Carrie Fisher wasn’t either.”

“What he said was, ‘We don’t want to fall into that mistake of people going, ‘Oh, it’s that guy from that thing!’ and then you’re completely out of the Star Wars universe,’” he explained.

Monaghan took to social media to tease his participation in the franchise, sharing a post with a phrase from Obi-Wan Kenobi with the caption, “Seems apropos.” While there’s no officially confirmation of the casting from Lucasfilm or Disney, Monaghan did give a quote to Deadline saying, “The galaxy far far away has had almost as much influence as the one I live in, so I am delighted to be involved.”

Seems apropos @starwars @ragandbone #becurious

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