Benicio Del Toro All But Confirms He's the Next 'Star Wars' Villain

Benicio Del Toro All But Confirms He's the Next 'Star Wars' Villain

Sep 03, 2015

Guardians of the Galaxy

Benicio Del Toro is in very early discussions to play a villainous role in Star Wars: Episode VIII, according to The Wrap. No other details were reported, and no official confirmation has been made.

UPDATE: While speaking to the Spanish site, Benicio Del Toro all but confirmed he was starring as some kind of villain in the follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, currently going by Star Wars Episode VIII.

"Star Wars is coming up, we will see how that turns out. I think we start shooting in March," he says adding, “Ehhh, the thing is, they don’t let me talk too much about it. I’m like the villain. But we’ll see.”

This lines up with what we already knew -- that he was in discussions to take on a villainous role in the film. Meanwhile, according to recent reports several actresses are vying for the lead role in the sequel. That said, we don't want to know too much about this movie (due out in 2017) cause we don't even know much about the one that comes before it, The Force Awakens.

Rian Johnson was first reported as writer/director of Episode VIII back in June 2014, and since then we have heard very little. That's not surprising since it's the followup to J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which itself has been wrapped in secrecy. Even though Johnson will be working within a well-defined cinematic universe, we're trusting that his distinctive sensibilities -- as evidenced in time-travel action picture Looper, for example -- will shine through, and that includes the role of the villain.


Benicio Del Toro

Del Toro is certainly a great choice. His career dates back to the late 1980s, and one of his early roles was a villainous henchman in the James Bond adventure License to Kill (above left) He has swayed back and forth between playing villains and good guys; he stood out in The Usual Suspects and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas before earning an Academy Award (above right) for his performance as a Mexican cop in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic.

Last year the actor appeared briefly in a small role in the smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy (top). We'll have to wait a little longer to see if he'll be joining another science-fiction epic. He's certainly not hurting for attention; he's already receiving advance acclaim for his performance in drug drama Sicario, which is due out this month.

Filming on the eighth installment of Star Wars is expected to begin early next year; the movie is set for release on May 26, 2017.

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