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Benicio Del Toro Confirms Villain Role In Star Wars Episode 8

Benicio Del Toro Confirms Villain Role In Star Wars Episode 8


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The rumors from last month have proven to be true: Benicio Del Toro will, indeed, be cast as the Rebel Alliance’s forthcoming central antagonist.

While being interviewed by Spanish news site rac1.org, he was quoted as saying:

Star Wars is coming up, we will see how that turns out. I think we start shooting in March. I’m like the villain, but we’ll see.”

Del Toro is no stranger to villainous, or at the very least dark, characters. With roles in projects like Sin City, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegasand The Usual Suspectsthe native Puerto Rican actor has proven to be a natural in the realms of quirky, charismatic, and menacing. He has met the challenges of his career in stride, and consistently adds his unique touch to the films in which he appears. So to know this man is being trusted to fill the Sith boots of one of Star Wars’ newest villains should be incredibly exciting for those of us familiar with his work.

Furthermore, this will not be his first foray into a Disney film production; that honor belongs to last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy, an absolute smash-hit by all accounts, in which Del Tor played The Collector. His character was not a good guy, but he also really wasn’t a bad guy. He was just…he was The Collector. We’ll call it “chaotic neutral”, I suppose?

You cannot tell by my face...but this pleases me.
You cannot tell by my face…but this pleases me.


There are no candid details on the kind of villain Del Toro will be, and specifics concerning the plot itself are non-existent. What is known, however, is who they have signed on as writer and director (Rian Johnson)and the slated release date for the film: May 26, 2017.

This article will be updated if and when new information is released.

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