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Matt Smith says his ‘Rise of Skywalker’ role would have transformed ‘Star Wars’ forever

Matt Smith was dropped from ‘Rise of Skywalker.’ His role would have been huge, he said

Rey in “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker”
Daisy Ridley is Rey in “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker.” Actor Matt Smith has finally revealed details about his “Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker” character, who was cut from the final version of the movie.
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Actor Matt Smith has finally revealed details about his “Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker” character, who was cut from the final version of the movie.

Smith told the Happy Sad Confused podcast that his character was dropped from the script and then eliminated from the movie.

“We were close to me being in it but then it just never quite happened,” Smith said, per IGN. “I think the thing they were thinking of me for eventually, the part became obsolete and they didn’t need it and so I never got to be in Star Wars.”

Smith didn’t say whether or not he would have played Palpatine’s son or someone close to Palpatine. But he said his role would have reshaped the “Star Wars” universe as we know it.

“I could not possibly say (if it was Palpatine’s son) but it was a pretty groovy thing,” Smith said. “It was a pretty groovy part and concept like a big story detail like a transformative Star Wars story detail but it never quite got over the line.”

Rumors of Smith’s appearance in “The Rise of Skywalker” existed for about a year. Smith, of “Doctor Who” fame, was reported to have a “key role” in the film. Still, Smith told the Los Angeles Times that “As far as I can tell, I’m definitely not” in the film.

But then Disney listed Smith as a cast member for the film on the U.K. version of the Disney website. Still, Smith’s name was not listed on the StarWars.com cast list even though it had appeared there before. Meanwhile, Richard E. Grant, who starred with Smith in a “Doctor Who” Christmas special, said he would be fired if he spoke about Smith’s involvement.

There were plenty of fan theories about Smith’s potential role. According to ComicBook.com, the fan site Making Star Wars reported Smith appeared in the movie as a follower of Emperor Palpatine.

Per ComicBook.com, Smith was set to become possessed by Palpatine’s spirit, which would lead to an intense lightsaber battle between Smith’s character, Kylo Ren and Rey.

In that version of the story, Rey would have been a light side force user with too much light side power for Palpatine to use as a vessel. So, he would turn to Kylo, who would have been turned to light. Smith would have been a final resort, which would have led to the situation.