Actor Benicio Del Toro has been eyed to play a villain in “Star Wars: Episode VIII” but there is no confirmation yet if the Academy Award-winning star accepted the offer.
Although the discussion is still in its early stages, Disney and Lucasfilm have high hopes that Del Toro will join the franchise, The Wrap reported.
Del Toro is already a member of the Disney family, having played “The Collector” in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” though he has indicated that he may not return for the upcoming sequel which is due in 2017.
The role that he will play for “Star Wars” hasn’t been revealed although actor Joaquin Phoenix was also approached for the role, the Variety reported. Del Toro was previously considered for the bad guy role, Khan, in another major franchise, “Star Trek Into Darkness”.
Rian Johnson is set to direct the next “Star Wars” installment, which is expected to start shooting early next year. Ram Bergman will produce the film along with Lucasfilm’s Kathy Kennedy.
“Star Wars 8” is set to be released on May 2017. It will follow two other Star Wars movies: “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”, which has Dec. 18 play date; and the first spinoff Star Wars film, “Rogue One,” will be released on Dec. 16, 2016.
“The Force Awakens” actors Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac will return for “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” reports say.
Del Toro starred in several movies including “The Usual Suspects,” “Sin City,” and “Inherent Vice.” He bagged numerous awards, including an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as an honest cop in Steven Soderbergh’s 2000 crime drama “Traffic.”
The Puerto Rican actor will soon appear alongside Emily Blunt in Denis Villeneuve’s crime drama “Sicario” and in an untitled Terrence Malick movie, said The Wrap.