by: S. Scott Stanikmas
By now we all know that Benicio del Toro will be in Star Wars Episode VIII. And he’s also confirmed that he’ll be playing a villainous character in the upcoming installment of the popular saga.
Or did he?
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival, del Toro was asked about his role in Episode VIII and what he said was a little contradictory to what he was quoted as saying not too long ago:
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. If they want to believe it’s the villain, then good.
In an earlier interview he said he was “like the villain.” Now he’s saying that he doesn’t know what people are talking about. This could be one of two things:
-Benicio likes to mess with people and give us false information to keep us on out toes. Or…
-He got yelled at by the studio for dropping info before it was supposed to be out there and was told to do some damage control by planting misinformation.
Either way, we all saw how this went when Benedict Cumberbatch and J.J. Abrams tried to keep the ‘Khan secret’ during the months leading up to Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams still feels the lengths that he and the studio went to to keep it a secret were a mistake to this day.
Filming for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Episode VIII is set to begin in Ireland this month with a release date of May 26, 2017, while the hotly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) will hit theaters December 18 this year.