Star Wars: Episode VIII Villain Played By Benicio Del Toro

Posted: Jul 21 2015, 4:15am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 21 2015, 4:34am CDT, in News | Latest Movie News

Star Wars: Episode VIII Villain Played by Benicio del Toro
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Benicio del Toro reportedly entering the Star Wars world with Episode VIII.

Star Wars: Episode VII is not even in theaters yet, there are already rumors about the next Star Wars movie. Benicio del Toro is in talks to play the main villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII according to sources of TheWrap.

The Guardians of the Galaxy actor (The Collector) is being lined up to play a baddie in the sci-fi sequel, insiders have told TheWrap.

Although discussions are still in the early stages, both Disney and Lucasfilm are said to be keen to sign the 48-year-old star up for the film, which is to be directed by Rian Johnson.

del Toro is believed to be a good fit for the role because of his ability to "conjure menace on a whim" and would continue 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens' director J. J. Abrams' diverse vision for the franchise that is being led by John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled to being shooting early next year while it is slated for release on May 26, 2017, following the release of Star Wars: Episode VII this December.

del Toro - who has previously revealed he may not return for the 'Guardians' sequel - will next be seen starring alongside Emily Blunt in the crime drama 'Sicario' and is also set to appear alongside Idris Elba in Harmony Korine's 'The Trap'.

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