With just over a week to go until UB40 kicks off their SA tour, we bring you some interesting facts about their opening band, Grassy Spark

Angelina Jolie was reportedly questioned by the FBI for four hours over the Brad Pitt private plane incident

Benicio del Toro lands Star Wars: Episode VIII bad guy role

2015-07-22 06:17

Los Angeles - Benicio del Toro is in talks to play the main villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

The Guardians of the Galaxy actor 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 26 May 2017, following the release of 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.

Read more on:    benicio del toro  |  star wars  |  movies  |  celebrities

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Recent News

Channel24 interviews SA director, Oliver Schmitz, about his new film, Shepherds and Butchers. Read More »
Add your review

Here's a first look at Tumisho Masha as Nelson Mandela in Mandela's Gun. Read More »
Add your review

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.