By Raisa Bruner and Cady Lang
Updated: December 10, 2018 10:24 AM ET | Originally published: October 13, 2018

For Saturday Night Live’s Dec. 15 episode, tune in to see actor Matt Damon take over SNL hosting duties with Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson slated as musical guests. (Cyrus just returned from a musical hiatus since releasing 2017’s Younger Now, working with Ronson on new song “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart,” while producer Ronson is known for collaborating with artists like Bruno Mars, Diplo and Lady Gaga.) Damon already popped up on the show this season, kicking things off in the premiere episode as Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Damon and Cyrus follow a rollicking Dec. 8 episode, which saw Aquaman star Jason Momoa take the stage as host, with musical guest Mumford & Sons; the British folk rock band’s latest album, Delta, topped Billboard’s album charts after its November release. Momoa, meanwhile, made a splash by resurrecting his popular character Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones in a skit featuring Kenan Thompson and Pete Davidson, lampooning the show’s tendency to kill off characters — and Khal Drogo’s own bloodlust.

Momoa’s appearance came a week after the Dec. 1 episode with actor Claire Foy and rapper Anderson .Paak. Foy, the star of the award-winning Netflix show The Crown and the new thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web, was a newcomer to SNL. So, too, is Grammy nominee .Paak, who just released his album Oxnard in November.

These stars follow Steve Carrell and Ella Mai, who performed on Nov. 17. Carrell is currently starring in Beautiful Boy, where he plays the father to Timothée Chalamet’s troubled, drug-addicted teen. Mai, whose sleeper hit “Boo’d Up” proved to be one of summer’s most veritable bops, recently released her first full studio album, the self-titled Ella Mai, in October.

The lineup for 2018 has also included hosts Liev Schreiber, Jonah Hill, Awkwafina, Adam Driver and Seth Meyers, while musical guests Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Travis Scott, Maggie Rogers, and Paul Simon have also taken a turn in the season so far.

This season of SNL has produced plenty of conversation and viral moments, from Kanye West’s unusual performance (while dressed in a giant soda bottle costume) to Awkwafina’s historic turn as host; the Crazy Rich Asians comedian is only the second Asian woman to get the hosting gig since Lucy Liu in 2000. Then there was Damon‘s surprise appearance in a cold open sketch rehashing Justice Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hearings and kicking off the season.

SNL also added a new cast member this time around, comedian and TV actress Ego Nwodim, along with a few new writers: Alan Linic, Alison Gates, Eli Mandel and Bowen Yang.

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