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.

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