Benicio Del Toro Offered Villain Role in ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’

By July 21, 2015

Although we’re just under five months away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens — the seventh main “episode” in the Star Wars saga — we may now have an idea of who the villain will be in the next main part.

According to The Wrap, actor Benicio Del Toro is apparently being eyed for the lead villain role in director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Episode VIII, which is as-yet untitled. The film, which is slated to come out in the summer of 2017, has a lot of mystery surrounding it especially since we have yet to see what this December’s Episode VII will be like. Unlike The Force AwakensEpisode VIII is slated to be written entirely by Rian Johnson himself, in addition to his directorial duties. The whole “sequel trilogy” is at least loosely based on a story treatment provided by George Lucas, but its unknown exactly how many of the franchise creator’s ideas the filmmakers will be using in their final products.

Del Toro recently played a quasi-villainous role in another Disney franchise film, namely as the eccentric “Collector” in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Del Toro has apparently stated that he may not return for that film’s upcoming sequel, and he currently has no other film releases outside of this year coming out. Whatever ends up happening, Del Toro is generally a bright spot in any production he’s connected to, so hopefully he’ll be able to hang his hat in the galaxy far, far away when Star Wars Episode VIII releases on May 26th, 2017.

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Chris Clow
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