(LOS ANGELES) -- Dominic Monaghan, no stranger to massive film franchises -- he starred as the Hobbit Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, after all -- is stepping into the Star Wars universe.
Monaghan will re-team with J.J. Abrams, creator of the actor's earlier star vehicle Lost, for Star Wars: Episode IX.
The news broke thanks to a post on the affable actor's Instagram, which showed what appeared to be a t-shirt emblazoned with a paraphrase from Obi-Wan Kenobi that read, "More powerful than you can possibly imagine."
The actor captioned it "Seems apropos" and added hashtags including #StarWars.
While Lucasfilm is mum on casting news, the affable actor told Deadline, "The galaxy far far away has had almost as much influence as the one I live in, so I am delighted to be involved."
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for a December 20, 2019 release from Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
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