As The Wrap
first reported, the 48-year-old Oscar winner, who already appears as Taneleer Tivan -- a.k.a. The Collector -- in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, could be signing on to star as a villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Del Toro spoke with ET's Cameron Mathison at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet, where the actor teased his possible attachment to the high-profile project.
"I can’t tell you much about it but I think that it might happen. It looks like it’s gonna happen so I’m very excited," the Guardians of the Galaxy actor said at Thursday’s event.
As for any teasers regarding his character, Del Toro said the producers take secrecy very seriously.
"I can’t talk too much about it. The script is hard to get. They told me they’d cut my finger if I talk about it," he joked.
Nothing has been revealed about the character Del Toro may end up playing, but according to Variety
the studio also met with Joaquin Phoenix for the role.
Del Toro also shared his own experience with the Star Wars franchise, and the impact it had on him when he saw the original in 1977.
"I saw the original one when it came out and it marked me," Del Toro, who was 10 when the first Star Wars hit theaters, recounted. "I was impressed by the film and by the characters and by the story and the message."
Looper director Rian Johnson is set to helm Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is already slated for a May 2017 release.