Thanks to a new ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ trading card, the name of Dominic Monaghan‘s character has been revealed as Beaumont Kin. You can check out his trading card below:
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With this reveal, it has also become apparent that this character has already appeared, although you may have missed it. Beaumont Kin is a character in the IDW comic book ‘Star Wars Adventures’ #27, in the story “The Ghosts of Kashyyyk” Part 1. That story was written by John Barber, and illustrated by Derek Charm.
In the comic book story, Beaumont is revealed to be a historian of the Wookie homeworld Kashyyyk, and he could speak and understand the Wookie language of Shyriiwook. In the course of that story, he became acquainted with Chewbacca.
This may play into his appearance in the movie, as Monaghan mentioned hugging Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) on the set. (via Inverse)
“I was emotional. [I] had to check my emotions a little because I was at work. But I was able to give Chewbacca a hug. It’s real, man.”
Abrams told Monaghan that he would write a part for him in the movie if England beat Columbia in the World Cup, and sure enough, they did. But don’t expect Beaumont Kin to have a huge role in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’. After all, Monaghan was essentially given the role as a favor/bet.
“[He told me], ‘Just be aware of the fact that there are massive sequences in Act Two, there are massive sequences in Act Three but because we’re shooting Act One first, I’ve put you in there and you seem to not be around as much in Act Two and Act Three but that’s because that’s what we’re doing first so I want you here, I want you invested. So read the script but just know there won’t be long until there’ll be a re-draft of those things and we’ll see you a little bit more’. So I read it, and the script is amazing and obviously there isn’t a lot I can say.”
However, he’s in the movie enough to have gotten a cardboard stand-up:
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Monaghan first worked with J.J. Abrams on ‘Lost’. Keri Russell, who portrays Zorii Bliss in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’, previously worked with Abrams on ‘Felicity’ and in ‘Mission: Impossible II’. And of course, J.J.’s childhood best friend, Greg Grunberg, who also appeared on ‘Felicity’ and in the ‘Lost’ pilot, will be back as Resistance pilot Snap Wexley.
‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ arrives in theaters on December 20, 2019.