Even though we're still anticipating the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens(in 92 days), it's sequel Episode VIII has been in the news quite a bit lately, and that's been mostly thanks to Benicio Del Toro. Although Lucasfilm or Disney have yet to confirm it, the Guardians Of The Galaxy star has made it clear in several interviews recently that he has a role in the eighth chapter of the Saga. In a more recent outing, the actor claimed that he was "like the villain", although now it seems he may not be so sure about that. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight at the Toronto International film festival, while promoting his new film Sicario, Del Toro once again confirmed that he is in the film, but backed off of his original claim that he is playing a villain:
"I am going to be playing in Episode VIII... 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.”
Of course, you can watch the exchange in the video below:
In addition, Del Toro also spoke with Entertainment Tonight Canada and said that despite that intense secrecy that has surrounded Star Wars recently, he has not been reprimanded by the powers that be for discussing his role. He further stated that he has been in "very private" contact with director Rian Johnson.
To me it sounds as if Del Toro's character may be open to interpretation. Much like Cad Bane, Boba Fett and Hondo Ohnaka can be considered "grey characters" and could appear as either heroes or villains depending on the situation, I think Benicio Del Toro's character could be in the same vein. We'll just have to wait and see.
Star Wars Episode VIII hits theaters May 26th, 2017!
Sources: Entertainment Tonight, Entertainment Tonight Canada
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