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09.16.2015
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I suppose we'd better get used to Benicio Del Toro dispensing increasing vague details on his STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII role. When news first emerged that Del Toro was being eyed for the role of the villain in STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII, it seemed to be received favourably by fans and the actor later confirmed that talks were indeed underway. Earlier in the month Benicio Del Toro attempted to explain his character by saying "they don’t let me talk too much about it, I’m like the villain." While speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Del Toro further elaborated on his role by questioning the constant references to his character being a villain.

I don't know if he's a villain, people are saying that, but it's like they read a different script than I read. It's nice to keep people in the dark, a little bit of mystery is good, if they want to believe it’s the villain, then good.

Many of the best villains are considered such because from their point of view, they're the heroes; so that could be what Del Toro is hinting at here, or perhaps his character's motivations aren't as black and white as we would assume. Either way, I'm excited to have Del Toro take part in the new Star Wars universe, especially as he's been a fan of the series since he was young: "I saw the original one when it came out and it marked me, I was impressed by the film and by the characters and by the story and the message."

Production on STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII is set to get underway soon on the island of Skellig Michael and the film will open on May 26, 2017.

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10:38AM on 09/17/2015
Is he the new Lando Calrissian of this trilogy? He's in cahoots with the First Order, but wants to help the Republic?
Is he the new Lando Calrissian of this trilogy? He's in cahoots with the First Order, but wants to help the Republic?
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10:15AM on 09/17/2015

I don't care who he plays

I am more excited about this than I am Rogue One simply because of Rian's talent as a direct who manages to tackle darker tones brilliantly. If Del Toro isn't a villain, which I'm sure he is, then I would fine with whatever they have for him in mind.
I am more excited about this than I am Rogue One simply because of Rian's talent as a direct who manages to tackle darker tones brilliantly. If Del Toro isn't a villain, which I'm sure he is, then I would fine with whatever they have for him in mind.
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8:28AM on 09/17/2015
Loving all the secrecy with this film. It's like the Christmas present I've always wanted.
Loving all the secrecy with this film. It's like the Christmas present I've always wanted.
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6:04AM on 09/17/2015
As much as I love Del Toro as an actor I'm worried he'll just be a Del Toro A Lister distraction in a SW film.
As much as I love Del Toro as an actor I'm worried he'll just be a Del Toro A Lister distraction in a SW film.
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10:57PM on 09/16/2015
Either way it's great casting; hero or villain.
Either way it's great casting; hero or villain.
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10:49PM on 09/16/2015
Why do they keep on saying "the villain" instead of "a villain". As far as I can tell, you have 3 already in The Force Awakens: Kylo Ren, Phasma, and Andy Serkis' character (Snork?). It makes me think Kylo, who appears to be the main villain based on the marketing so far, will be one and done a la Darth Maul. I was really hoping we'd have a strong villain across the whole trilogy.
Why do they keep on saying "the villain" instead of "a villain". As far as I can tell, you have 3 already in The Force Awakens: Kylo Ren, Phasma, and Andy Serkis' character (Snork?). It makes me think Kylo, who appears to be the main villain based on the marketing so far, will be one and done a la Darth Maul. I was really hoping we'd have a strong villain across the whole trilogy.
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7:28AM on 09/17/2015
making alot of assumptions are we?
making alot of assumptions are we?
9:20PM on 09/16/2015

So...

I'm thinking bounty hunter or some sort of criminal element.
I'm thinking bounty hunter or some sort of criminal element.
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