Yes, Benicio Del Toro
is definitely signed on for Star Wars: Episode VIII
(at least, that’s what he told us
) – but his role might not be what we originally thought.
“I don't know if he's a villain,” teased Del Toro. “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,” said Del Toro. “If they want to believe it’s the villain, then good.”
Del Toro is a longtime fan of the Star Wars franchise. At the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet last month, he told us how Episode IV impacted him when he first saw it in 1977.
"I saw the original one when it came out and it marked me," said Del Toro, who was just 10 years old at the time of the release. "I was impressed by the film and by the characters and by the story and the message."
Rian Johnson is set to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is slated for a May 2017 release.