While we may still be five months away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it seems Disney and Lucasfilm are already well into planning for the sequel.
The Wrap is reporting that Benicio Del Toro has been offered a major role for Star Wars: Episode VIII, something they say has been confirmed by multiple sources. According to the report, Del Toro has been eyed up to play the villain of the piece and that discussions are in the early stages – something Disney are yet to confirm.
Should the actor take the role it wouldn’t be the first time he has worked with Disney on a major space opera, having played The Collector in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Given the performance he put in for that small role turned out to be a popular one with many fans, he would likely be a strong fit for the Star Wars universe in the role of a menacing bad guy.
Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will be directed by Looper helm Rian Johnson, is expected to start filming in early 2016 with a May 2017 release date.
Del Toro will next be seen on the big screen alongside Emily Blunt in Denis Villeneuve’s crime drama Sicario.