From Guardians of The Galaxy to a galaxy far far away, Benicio Del Toro has confirmed that he’s in talks to play the baddie in STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII. We reported back in July that Del Toro was offered the villain role in Rian Johnson’s untitled Star Wars sequel, though now the actors has confirmed himself that he’s engaged in talks that look promising.
Regarding the confirmation, Del Toro said:
“I can’t tell you much about it but I think that it might happen. It looks like it’s gonna happen, so I’m very excited. I can’t talk too much about it. The script is hard to get. They told me they’ll cut my finger if I talk about it,” he continued, “I saw the original one when it came out and it marked me. I was impressed by the film and by the characters and with the story and the message.”
There’s no specifics and to what the role or plot of the film entails, though production is gearing up for an early 2016 start, with an eye toward a May 2017 release. Ram Bergman is on board to produce, along with Lucasfilm’s Kathy Kennedy.
Del Toro is all too familiar with both intergalactic adventures and Disney, as the actor appeared as the mysterious Collector in Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy. He’ll next be seen opposite Emily Blunt in Denis Villeneuve’s drama Sicario, which debuted to rave reviews at Cannes. He’ll also appear in the next Terrence Malick picture and will lead alongside Idris Elba in Harmony Korine’s The Trap.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor