‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Rumors Surface About Benicio Del Toro’s Character
Star Wars Episode VIII, much like The Force Awakens, has been shrouded in the utmost secrecy throughout its production so far. We’ve had some teeny glimpses behind the scenes and rumors have fluttered around, but so far we don’t know a whole lot about the film in terms of plot. Earlier this year, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran joined the cast in unspecified roles, and the studio has kept quiet about that so far. Now, a new rumor might give us some answers to one very important question: who, exactly, is Benicio del Toro playing? Be wary of SPOILERS for Episode VIII in the following paragraphs.
MakingStarWars.net, usually a pretty good source for these kinds of things, have discovered that del Toro is playing “a classic ‘man in black.’ As in he wears all black and he’s dangerous.” Wearing a black outfit, unless you’re Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi, is usually a solid advertisement to those around you that you’re not exactly a good guy. Previously, The Wrap seemed to confirm over the summer that del Toro was indeed playing a bad guy before del Toro walked back those comments. Physically, his character is described as “clean shaven with hair not unlike Poe Dameron’s in length.” MakingStarWars’s sources say that del Toro’s character at first appears to be trustworthy to our heroes Rey, Finn, and Poe, before revealing somewhere down the line that he’s not. Sounds pretty Lando Calrissian to me, although the site also assures us that it’s not quite the same thing. We’ll be interested to see what that means.
The site also has some news about Laura Dern’s character, who sounds like a combination of Star Wars and The Hunger Games. She’s “very aristocratic and fancy in a way we haven’t really seen in Star Wars before” with, apparently, pink hair at one point. It sounds like director Rian Johnson is taking some costuming cues from the elaborate design of the prequels in this case. We can’t really make any predictions at this point, because, from where we’re at, the story could go absolutely anywhere. Del Toro, though, has proved to be able to hit that mark between very sinister and not so at the same time — especially with his small part as the Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy — so his role as trustworthy-guy-turned-villain would be right up his alley.