Benicio del Toro has officially been cast in Rian Johnson‘s upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII. The news comes today from an interview with Spanish news site, Rac1.org. Del Toro stated, “Star Wars is coming up, we will see how that turns out. I think we start shooting in March“.
A rather relaxed attitude for what will surely be a career defining role for the Peurto Rican actor. Benicio del Toro recently portrayed the morally ambiguous Collector in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, bringing a younger audience to his idiosyncratic style of performance. Del Toro continued with a hint towards his role, adding “I’m like the villain, but we’ll see“. Does this mean there will be more than one adversary for our heroes to battle, or will we see another morally complex character entered into the Star Wars universe?
As is to be expected, little is known about Johnson‘s entry into the Star Wars franchise. The film will follow the events of J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with members of the same cast expected to return. Rian Johnson previously tackled science fiction with the time-bending Looper (2012), Star Wars: Episode VIII is expected to start filming in March to his its May 6, 2017 release date.