The next chapter in the Star Wars saga just turned into a LOST reunion, as Dominic Monaghan has joined the cast of Episode IX. Monaghan, who also appeared in Peter Jackson’s Lords of the Rings trilogy, will re-team with director J.J. Abrams for the upcoming sequel, which will conclude the Skywalker family story once and for all.
It’s not exactly surprising news, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome: Hulu has officially renewed Castle Rock for a second season. The series, from executive producer J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot, will continue to expand this particular little corner of Stephen King’s universe in Season 2, with new characters and a new story set in and around the fictional, eponymous Maine town.
Well here’s one piece of Star Wars casting news that just couldn’t wait until the end of the day (thankfully!): Keri Russell is reportedly the first official newcomer to sign on for Star Wars: Episode IX, which is heading into production at the end of this month with J.J. Abrams back at the helm. It’s also a fairly major reunion, as Russell previously starred in the long-running hit series Felicity (created by Abrams) and Mission: Impossible III (directed by Abrams).
It’s happening – J.J. Abrams is writing and creating a new drama for HBO. The Fringe and LOST creator has sold new outer space drama Demimonde to the Westworld network with a full series order, following a tense bidding war with Apple.