Yesterday was the news that Dominic Monaghan, the hobbit Meriadoc Brandybuck, Merry, in Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (and who has already worked with JJ Abrams in the series Lost), joined the cast of Episode IX of Star Wars.
Monaghan is the third actor to be present in the two major sagas, along with the great Christopher Lee and the equally great Andy Serkis.
What is most striking, of course, is what role this actor plays in the last episode of the Skywalker saga. But the most logical and predictable (which, of course, doesn’t have to be that way) is for him to play a Knight of Ren, like Keri Russell, another actress of the last to be officially announced as part of the cast, and also known for working with JJ Abrams (this time in Mission Impossible), and for being a specialist in action movies. The latter gives us a new clue as to why to think that both can interpret the Knights of Ren.
First of all, because it’s more than likely that we’ll finally see the Knights of Ren in action in the IX. In addition, there are several. So several should be the actors that give them life. Not all would have to be main actors, of course, but one or two.
We could also speculate that Monaghan plays a Jedi, asking if an actor with a physical resemblance to Mark Hamill, like Monaghan, means wanting to reconcile with the most irascible part of the fandom, presenting him in the role of a Jedi Knight, a character who fill the gap of what many (wrongly) expected Luke would have been in The Last Jedi.
However, it’s assumed, if we are consistent with what we have been told so far, that there is no more Jedi; that Rey is the last Jedi.