One more Hobbit has wandered past Hobbiton and Middle-earth for another experience in a universe far, far away.
Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy’s fans were quite surprised to see Dominic Monaghan who played the role of a hobbit ( Meriadoc Brandybuck in JJ Abrams: Star Wars: The Rise of The Skywalker. The clarification is straightforward. As far back as Lost, Monaghan, and Abrams remained friends and continued being in touch. Monaghan’s role in The Rise of Skywalker was reported in 2018, yet there’s something else to the story. The entire job depended on a bet and the result of one table-turning soccer game.
As indicated by Inverse, Monaghan uncovered the genuine story behind his Rise of Skywalker turn on the Distraction Pieces with Scroobius Pip podcast in 2018, revealing that after Abrams guaranteed him a job in the last of Skywalker adventure, he asked his agent to clear his calendar for Abrams. He did get a call for the job offer, however, both Monaghan and Abrams chose to up the ante while watching England play Colombia in the World Cup.
As Monaghan tells that JJ mailed him that if English wins, Monaghan is in. “At the start of that game — because J.J. is a motherf***** in the best way possible — he emailed me and he said, ‘I think I have a Star Wars part for you.’ And I wrote back and said, ‘Brilliant, I won’t bother you but let me know if there’s anything I can do or what I can say.’ He wrote back and said, ‘If England beat Colombia, you’re in.’ I was like, oh mate, you bastard.”
Eventually, England won and Monaghan won the job with a message from Abrams that stated, “You’re in.” Monaghan may have needed to battle somewhat harder than foreseen for the Rise of Skywalker job, yet it was worth the risk.