Benicio del Toro’s ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Character Isn’t What We Thought He Is

By September 16, 2015

With Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens set to hit theatres in just a few short months, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that rumors regarding characters and plot details for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII are already beginning to surface online. Following the recent casting of Benicio del Toro as a rumored villainous character in the film as well, the internet has been busy with theories and speculation regarding who he could be playing, and how his character might or might not tie into the plot of The Force Awakens.

While del Toro himself has been rather cagey about his role, only revealing that his character is “like the villain”, it hasn’t stopped myself or thousands of other fans around the world from at least being curious about who he could be playing. Part of that is because del Toro has proven himself to be one of the most underrated actors working today, and the other part is that we really don’t have any idea still what the whole story about this new trilogy is going to be. We’re pretty sure it’s going to be awesome, but that’s about it.

Well, it looks like some of us might have been jumping the gun a little bit about calling del Toro’s character “the villain” of the film. While speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival this past weekend, del Toro was asked by Entertainment Tonight about his character, and his response might surprise you. In regards to the recent villainous rumors running around online, del Toro responded with the following:

“I don’t know if he’s a villain. People are saying that, but it’s like they read a different script than I read. It’s nice to keep people in the dark, a little bit of mystery is good. If they want to believe it’s the villain, then good.”

Now, this could be one or two things. The first is that del Toro is being honest by saying he doesn’t think his character is the villain of the film, or it’s possible that he’s tricking to Jedi Mind Trick all of us right now in order to send us down a different kind of rabbit hole. I don’t know which one it is, and del Toro is an actor that can play both a good or a bad guy, so its impossible to know for sure which side of the force his character will end up being on.

While almost every single rumor or report has pointed towards him being the villain, it is possible that this could be some excellent misdirection in the press from Disney or Lucasfilm in the hopes of keeping as little spoiled about the trilogy as possible for right now. Considering though, how the early reports about Adam Driver’s character in The Force Awakens ended up turning out, I’m not going to completely lose faith that he might be the bad guy of the film. Odds are, audiences and fans will be able to put some more pieces about Episode VIII together after the release of The Force Awakens, and any more casting announcements that might come out over the next few months as well, should help to point us in at least a somewhat clearer direction.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to hit theatres on May 26th, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable