UPDATED: Dominic Monaghan Joins Episode IX Cast

According to The Hollywood Reporter,¬†Dominic Monaghan has joined the cast of director J.J. Abrams’ currently-untitled Episode IX in an undisclosed role. Deadline is reporting the same casting news as well. Monaghan joins¬†Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell as actors/actresses who will be part of the Star Wars franchise for the first time.

UPDATE: And here’s a tweet directly from Monaghan himself confirming his Episode IX involvement.

Earlier rumors had Monaghan being considered for a Jedi in Episode VII, but Monaghan was never officially added as part of the cast (he REALLY wanted to be in the movie).

Lost star Dominic Monaghan is reuniting with J.J. Abrams.

The actor has been cast in Star Wars: Episode IX, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Monaghan rose to prominence thanks to his role as the lovable Hobbit Merry in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and starred as Charlie Pace on the Abrams-produced Lost from 2004-10 on ABC. He appeared in Duncan Jones’ Netflix movie Mute this year.

The actor has been vocal about his interest appearing in a Star Wars movie, and has spoken about broaching the subject with Abrams after the director signed up for 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. At the time, Abrams told him he was building a cast of unknowns, akin to the stars of the original 1977 film. Monaghan’s role in Episode IX is unknown.

We’ll keep our eyes peeled for an official announcement from Lucasfilm confirming the casting.