Benicio Del Toro will play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII. (Shutterstock/Twitter)
Benicio Del Toro will play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII. (Shutterstock/Twitter)

Dark Side beckons: Benicio Del Toro is new Star Wars villain?

Veteran actor Benicio Del Toro has been offered the villain's role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII to be directed by Rian Johnson.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Los Angeles
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2015 02:59 PM IST

The highly-anticipated eighth instalment of the Star Wars franchise may have found its villain in veteran actor Benicio Del Toro.



Del Toro, 48, is said to have an offer, although whether a deal can be made remains unclear, according to The Hollywood Reporter.



Even though Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still more than five months away, casting is beginning for the follow-up chapter, Star Wars: Episode VIII. The Lucasfilm/Disney movie will be directed by Rian Johnson.



Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega are expected to return for the movie, as are certain legacy actors (Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill).



The release date is May 26, 2017, while the upcoming seventh part Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by JJ Abrams, will hit theatres this December 18.



Watch the trailer for The Force Awakens here


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