Benicio Del Toro Eyed for Star Wars: Episode VIII Villain

Seeing Benicio Del Toro in a Star Wars movie would be out of this world!

According to multiple reports, the 48-year-old Puerto Rican actor is being for a role in Episode VII. The character is likely a villain.

Disney and Lucasfilm do not comment on casting negotiations.

“Discussions are still in the very early stages, but Disney and Lucasfilm are high on the Oscar-winning Traffic star,” The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider wrote after breaking the news Monday. Insiders told Variety that “the studio was going after A-list talent for the role” and met with Joaquin Phoenix regarding the role.

Del Toro was previously considered for a major role in another franchise: Khan inStar Trek Into Darkness. Negotiations fell through (the role went to BenedictCumberbatch), but he appeared as The Collector in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Rian Johnson is directing Star Wars Episode VIII, which is expected to start shooting in 2016. Ram Bergman is producing the film with Lucasfilm’s KathleenKennedy.

Star Wars Episode VIII is scheduled for a May 26, 2017 release.

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