Benicio Del Toro's 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Character Might Not Be What You Think

Is Benicio the villain in 'Episode VIII'? Maybe not.

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. 

As The Wrap first reported, the 48-year-old Oscar winner is set to star as a villain in the film. But, Del Toro told ET at the Toronto International Film Festival, that might not be the case.

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“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.”

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Del Toro’s Star Wars tidbits, it’s that he likes to keep his subtle giveaways shrouded in mystery.

“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.”

Consider us mystified.

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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.

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