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Benicio Del Toro being eyed for Star Wars: Episode VIII villain

07.20.2015

It's never too early to start talking about potential casting for a Star Wars film and while STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII is still two years away, a big name is said to up for the villain role of that film. The Wrap reports that Benicio Del Toro is currently in talks with Disney and Lucasfilm for the role of the villain in STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII. Discussions are still in the early stages but apparently both studios are keen to sign the actor for the role.

Benicio Del Toro is already a part of the Disney family, having played The Collector in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, which also shows that he's not adverse to participating in huge blockbusters. STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII would likely be a much bigger role than that of The Collector, but I think that Benicio Del Toro would be great addition to the Star Wars franchise should this news pan out. Variety reports that Disney/Lucasfilm had also met with Joaquin Phoenix for the role, which should give some indication of the A-list talent the studios are after for this role.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII, directed by Rian Johnson, should begin shooting early next year for a May 26, 2017 release.

Who do you see Del Toro as? A Sith Lord? A First Order Grand Moff? Jar Jar's illegitimate son turned bad?

Source: The WrapVariety

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5:37PM on 07/21/2015

Fans are so quick to forget

Star Wars has always introduced a new enemy with each installment. Darth Maul (Phantom Menace), Count Dooku (Attack of the Clones), General Grevious (Revenge of the Sith), General Tarkin (A New Hope), Boba Fett (Empire Strikes Back), and Emperor (Return of the Jedi). Kylo Ren will be this trilogy's Darth Vader, Captain Phasma will probably continue into a sequel or two, and Gleeson's character probably dies. The only mystery is around Serkin's Supreme Leader Snoke. One would think he's this
Star Wars has always introduced a new enemy with each installment. Darth Maul (Phantom Menace), Count Dooku (Attack of the Clones), General Grevious (Revenge of the Sith), General Tarkin (A New Hope), Boba Fett (Empire Strikes Back), and Emperor (Return of the Jedi). Kylo Ren will be this trilogy's Darth Vader, Captain Phasma will probably continue into a sequel or two, and Gleeson's character probably dies. The only mystery is around Serkin's Supreme Leader Snoke. One would think he's this trilogy's Emperor, but he could have a different role all together.
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5:07PM on 07/21/2015
I was looking forward to the new Star Wars until I saw this. He is an awful hammy actor off the worst kind!!
I was looking forward to the new Star Wars until I saw this. He is an awful hammy actor off the worst kind!!
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12:18PM on 07/21/2015

He always plays a good villain.

I would love to see him be the new Sith lord.
I would love to see him be the new Sith lord.
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11:55AM on 07/21/2015

Awesome!

Benicio is an awesome actor, I think he would add a whole other level of gravitas to a Star Wars film. I hope he gets the role!
Benicio is an awesome actor, I think he would add a whole other level of gravitas to a Star Wars film. I hope he gets the role!
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4:00AM on 07/21/2015

New villain?

What happened to villain continuity like Darth and the Emperor through all 3 films? I hope this new trilogy isn't a mismash of different stories with a lose thread to tie them all together rather than a cohesive epic 3 part story.
What happened to villain continuity like Darth and the Emperor through all 3 films? I hope this new trilogy isn't a mismash of different stories with a lose thread to tie them all together rather than a cohesive epic 3 part story.
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10:09PM on 07/20/2015

I'm gonna get thumbed down for this big time but

Mr Zero Personality....no thanks.
Mr Zero Personality....no thanks.
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10:22PM on 07/20/2015
That zero personality is an oscar winner. So he's got somewhat of a personality. Traffic. The Way of the Gun. Fear & Loathing. Snatch. Usual Suspects. He's a good actor.
That zero personality is an oscar winner. So he's got somewhat of a personality. Traffic. The Way of the Gun. Fear & Loathing. Snatch. Usual Suspects. He's a good actor.
10:38PM on 07/20/2015
tell me more about Halle Berry lol I understand he's an Oscar winner etc etc and he's in alot of great movies. I just don't really like him as an actor thats all
tell me more about Halle Berry lol I understand he's an Oscar winner etc etc and he's in alot of great movies. I just don't really like him as an actor thats all
11:13PM on 07/20/2015
He does play it subtle. That's his modus operandi. And sue me, Halle Berry may not be a very good actress, but in Monster's Ball she was pretty terrific.
He does play it subtle. That's his modus operandi. And sue me, Halle Berry may not be a very good actress, but in Monster's Ball she was pretty terrific.
2:38AM on 07/21/2015
I agree 100% he is a shitty actor. Don't give me the "he was an Oscar winner" bullshit so was Cuba Gooding Jr. we all know how that worked out.
I agree 100% he is a shitty actor. Don't give me the "he was an Oscar winner" bullshit so was Cuba Gooding Jr. we all know how that worked out.
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10:02PM on 07/20/2015

I'd like to see Phoenix in it....

He makes an excellent villain, and has an intensity that could be spectacular in this kind of film (without being cartoony like Palpatine was).
He makes an excellent villain, and has an intensity that could be spectacular in this kind of film (without being cartoony like Palpatine was).
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9:53PM on 07/20/2015
Benicio Del Toro is one of my favorite actors, so of course this would be good. I just hope they keep the saga aspect intact. Say what you will about George Lucas, having one person's vision did allow for a certain continuity to the movies that'll be hard to duplicate.
Benicio Del Toro is one of my favorite actors, so of course this would be good. I just hope they keep the saga aspect intact. Say what you will about George Lucas, having one person's vision did allow for a certain continuity to the movies that'll be hard to duplicate.
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9:23PM on 07/20/2015
Well, Abrams did want Del Toro for John Harrison aka Khan for Star Trek, so this isn't that surprising. I hope he signs on; he would be make for a great villain.

And there's no way Joaquin Phoenix is signing onto this. He's not a Blockbuster type of and/or a multiple films type of actor. I mean if he walked away from Doctor Strange, then why would he sign onto something as big as this?? But if he were to sign on instead of Del Toro, I would be just as excited; if not more.
Well, Abrams did want Del Toro for John Harrison aka Khan for Star Trek, so this isn't that surprising. I hope he signs on; he would be make for a great villain.

And there's no way Joaquin Phoenix is signing onto this. He's not a Blockbuster type of and/or a multiple films type of actor. I mean if he walked away from Doctor Strange, then why would he sign onto something as big as this?? But if he were to sign on instead of Del Toro, I would be just as excited; if not more.
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9:55PM on 07/20/2015
There's no indication this is a multi-pic deal
There's no indication this is a multi-pic deal
9:22PM on 07/20/2015
Mr. Del Toro will be one heck of a villain.
Mr. Del Toro will be one heck of a villain.
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8:57PM on 07/20/2015

So...

This might mean Kylo Ren won't make it out of Episode VII alive?
This might mean Kylo Ren won't make it out of Episode VII alive?
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9:02PM on 07/20/2015
Not necessarily true. Benicio could be the Emperor to Kylo Ren's Darth Vader.
Not necessarily true. Benicio could be the Emperor to Kylo Ren's Darth Vader.
9:20PM on 07/20/2015
Hope you're right. Wouldn't want them to pull a Darth Maul on Kylo Ren.
Hope you're right. Wouldn't want them to pull a Darth Maul on Kylo Ren.
8:21AM on 07/21/2015
Or Kylo Ren might end up switching sides - we've seen Jedi turn to the dark side, maybe they'd have someone with Sith tendencies seeing the error of their ways (if Kylo Ren is Sith) - maybe meeting Luke Skywalker could have that sort of influence (assuming Luke is still Jedi/light side of the force for episode vii)
Or Kylo Ren might end up switching sides - we've seen Jedi turn to the dark side, maybe they'd have someone with Sith tendencies seeing the error of their ways (if Kylo Ren is Sith) - maybe meeting Luke Skywalker could have that sort of influence (assuming Luke is still Jedi/light side of the force for episode vii)
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