TheWrap has learned exclusively that Disney and LucasFilm has put out an offer to ¨Traffic¨ star Benicio del Toro to play the lead villain role in Rian Johnson’s ¨Star Wars: Episode VIII.¨ The eighth installment in the Star Wars franchise is set for release in 2017. The site cautions that talks are in early stages and is not a done deal… yet.
When pressed for comment, Disney would not confirm or deny Del Toro’s current involvement.
Del Toro would join franchise newcomers Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) in the successor to J.J. Abrams’ ¨Star Wars: Episode VII.¨
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Source: The Wrap