The Doctor's next destination could be a galaxy far, far away, Variety reports. Matt Smith, best known in pop culture for his portrayal of the Eleventh Doctor, is supposedly signed on to join Episode IX.
Is this awesome? Yes, without a doubt. Is it real? Hard to say before the official cast roster is released, but I'm optimistic. It does get me thinking, though. If Matt Smith can cross over from Doctor Who to Star Wars, who else would be a good fit for crossing universes? I've got a few ideas.
Evangeline Lilly's most recent role was in the Marvel film Ant-Man and the Wasp, in which she played one of the titular characters, the Wasp (aka Hope van Dyne). She's also showed off her acting chops in other universes in the realm of geekdom, such as The Hobbit trilogy and Real Steel.
Why would she be a good fit for Star Wars, you ask? Because she's just kickbutt and generally awesome. Like, imagine her clocking out some Stormtroopers or even (gasp) working as an assassin for the First Order. Like, YES PLEASE.
Full disclosure: I would just like Benedict Cumberbatch in just about everything. Nevertheless, I do have good reasons for this. Mr. Cumberbatch has been thoroughly immersed in geekdom for some time now, serving prominent roles in The Hobbit (Smaug), Star Trek (Khan), and yes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Doctor Strange).
His deep, decidedly evil British voice has often made him a perfect match for villain roles (Dr. Strange notwithstanding). His performance as Smaug in The Hobbit films and as Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek: Into Darkness are nothing short of delightful. Cast him as a cold, calculating (or, on the flip side, sassy and sarcastic) First Order general, and, well, the movie will be like 1000x better.
We jump from Marvel Universe to DC, with the star of the universe's most successful film, Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot has shot up to worldwide prominence over the past couple of years because of her role as the beloved super-heroine, who is also known as Diana Prince. Not only that, but Gadot served two years in the Israel Defense Forces, which, you know, makes her a real-life superhero as well.
Again, I could just say that she's just incredible and leave it there (even though that is true), but I think her role as Wonder Woman is significant. Seeing her bring that determination and devotion to good that she embodied in Diana Prince to the Resistance would just make my heart explode. For goodness' sake, though, give her a good fight scene.
P.S. if this really happens, you'll know where to find me. I'll be the one screaming on the third row back.
I'm stepping a little more into controversial waters, here, I think, but hear me out. Michael Peña starred alongside Evangeline Lilly in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and he recently made a deeper venture into the sci-fi genre with Extinction, a Netflix film released earlier this summer. The former role shows him as a ditzy, if not well-meaning friend that provides some comic relief to the plot, while the latter role puts him in a graver situation.
I'm totally onboard with the idea of him being some kind of happy-go-lucky First Order officer that just kind of gets on Hux's nerves, almost like his role in Ant-Man. I feel like that dynamic could lend some much needed humor to the story now that Han Solo is gone. Don't @ me.
Just 'cuz I feel like there's this weird tradition of throwing Rihanna randomly into sci-fi movies. Maybe some kind of smuggler....? I don't know. You can @ me on this one.
Welp, there you have it. Who would you cast in Star Wars: Episode IX. Tell me in the comments below!
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