After months of speculation and rumors, Benicio Del Toro seemingly confirmed earlier this month that he is playing the villain in the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VIII. The actor is currently the only new cast member who is on board, but we still haven't gotten any official confirmation from LucasFilm, about either his casting or the character he will be portraying. While promoting his new crime thriller Sicario, Benicio Del Toro backtracked on his previous statement, saying he isn't sure if his character is a villain or not.
"I am going to be playing in Episode 8 of Star Wars. The villain, I don't know if he's a villain. People are saying that, but it's like they read a different script than I read. It's nice to keep people in the dark. A little bit of mystery is good."
Of course, it's possible he's just trying to throw us off, and it's possible that he was "disciplined" somehow for seemingly revealing his character's villainous identity. We don't know for sure if there was any sort of "disciplinary" action, but there was talk of Benicio del Toro as the Star Wars 8 villain for the past few months. It's also possible that the earlier interview he gave with Spanish-language radio station Rac1.org was somehow mistranslated, but here's what he had to say in that interview.
"Star Wars is coming up, we will see how that turns out. I think we start shooting in March. The thing is.... They don't let me talk too much about it, I'm like the villain. But we'll see."
We already have the first set photos from Skelling Michael Island off the coast of Ireland for Star Wars: Episode VIII, but it isn't known how extensive this shoot will be. Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, has already arrived on the set, but it isn't known what scenes will be shot on this location. At any rate, what do you think about these new details? Do you think Benicio Del Toro is just playing coy, and he really is the villain? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more updates.