So here’s some intriguing, and exciting news, Variety is reporting that Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy, Che, The Wolfman, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Usual Suspects) is being eyed to play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) is directing the film, which will follow on from the events in JJ Abrams’ The Force Awakens, and casting is now underway.
Del Toro has been offered the role of the films villain, but Variety explain that a deal is still to be worked out. However, I would love to see Del Toro in a Star Wars film, especially as a villain.
Variety also report that Disney and LucasFilm are looking for an A-list actor for Episode VIII’s villain, and Joaquin Phoenix is also on their list of potential actors for the role.
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, who will first be seen in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” bowing this Christmas, are all expected to return
Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film, which continues the saga after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set for release on May 26, 2017 — forty years and a day after the release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. Johnson is widely considered one of cinema’s most gifted young filmmakers, having directed the modern sci-fi classic, Looper, as well as Brick and The Brothers Bloom. He was also behind the camera for three episodes of the critically-acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad, including “Ozymandias,” which series creator Vince Gilligan named as the best installment of the show. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, producer of Looper, Don Jon, Brick, and The Brothers Bloom, are on board to produce, and J.J. Abrams will serve as executive producer.