Although it has yet to be confirmed by Lucasfilm, it appears the newest member of the Star Wars family has been revealed. Benicio Del Toro, know for his roles in Guardians Of The Galaxy(2014), The Usual Suspects(1995), and many others, has confirmed that he has been cast in Star Wars Episode VIII. The news comes after rumors surfaced claiming that Del Toro was in talks for a role in the film, and the actor subsequently confirmed them. Now, Star Wars 7 News is reporting that Del Toro spoke with a Spanish program on Rac1.org and further confirmed that he has a role in the film. In addition, he revealed more details about his character and when he is expected to begin filming. The original interview is in Spanish, but Star Wars 7 News provided us with an English transcript of the exchange:
Interviewer: And are you going to shoot something after that?
Benicio Del Toro: No, just… *pause* Star Wars is coming up, we will see how that turns out. I think we start shooting in March.
Interviewer: And what’s your role in this new Star Wars chapter?
Benicio: Ehhh…. the thing is…. They don’t let me talk too much about it, I’m like the villain.
Interviewer: Oh wow!
Benicio: But…. we’ll see…*laughs*
While The Force Awakens is now in post-production and Rogue One is currently filming, it seems logical that Episode VIII would begin shooting in or before March of next year in preparation of it's May 26th, 2017 release date. Also, Del Toro's comments about his character being "the villain" are interesting. Many fans have speculated that if Del Toro is indeed playing the main baddie of Episode VIII, it could be mean that Supreme Leader Snoke and/or Kylo Ren will meet their end in The Force Awakens to make room for the new character.
While I won't pretend to know anything about the fates of either Snoke or Kylo, I will say that's highly unlikely. Star Wars 7 News speculates that Del Toro's character could seem to be the villain but really isn't, or he could be the trying to downplay the role. The most likely option, in my opinion, is that he simply doesn't know that much about what role he will have, hence his obvious hesitation. We can assume that he does not know anything about The Force Awakens or anything about Episode VIII outside of his character's part. In other words, he may be just as clueless as we are.
It would be unwise to be so quick to assume Del Toro is playing a Dark Side Force user in the same vein as Kylo Ren. Del Toro could fit into numerous villainous roles, such as as a First Order officer, crime lord or Bounty Hunter. The Galaxy far, far away is diverse, and it will be very exciting and interesting to see how Benicio Del Toro will fit into it.
Via: Star Wars 7 News
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