Benicio Del Toro has been offered the role of the villain in Disney and Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII!
The film will come after this year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac are all expected to return for the next film. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters on December 18 of this year.
Variety reports that a deal is reportedly far from being set, but the studio wanted an A-list actor for the villain and also met with Joaquin Phoenix.
The next Star Wars film is expected in theaters on May 26, 2017.
There were a lot of surprises in store for lucky fans who attended the Star Wars panel at Comic-Con on Friday (July 10), including an appearance from Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford.
The 72-year-old actor, who will be reprising his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, crash landed his World War II-era plane last March in Santa Monica, Calif.
According to journalists in the crowd, Harrison insisted he had recovered from the accident: “I’m fine! I walked here!” he said.
“It should’ve felt ridiculous,” he said about returning to the Star Wars set. “I will tell you that it felt GREAT.”
Although there won’t be a new trailer for the movie until this fall, check out the almost four-minute behind-the-scenes look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens that was debuted for enthusiastic fans at Comic-Con.
Watch the video below…
Behind-the-scenes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18.
This is huge news for the Star Wars world if it is indeed true – Daniel Craig has reportedly joined the cast of The Force Awakens as a stormtrooper!
The news was dropped by Simon Pegg, who accidentally revealed the casting while being asked if he was involved with the film.
“I wasn’t a Stormtrooper. Daniel Craig, he was a Stormtrooper,” he said. “I shouldn’t have said that.”
Daniel has been rumored to have a role in the film, but it was never known what he would be playing. “Daniel asked for some sort of secret cameo role – and was happy to have his name left off the posters. Fans will love trying to work out which covered up character is him,” a source told The Independent.