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Back in July, a report surfaced claiming that Disney and LucasFilm are in early talks with actor Benicio Del Toro to play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Last month, the actor confirmed that he is in negotiations with the studio, but he wouldn't say much more, claiming they'd "cut his finger" if he revealed any details. It seems that the actor's appendages may be in danger, since he revealed in a radio interview with the Spanish-language radio station RAC1.org that he is in fact playing the villain. Here's what he had to say, as translated by StarWars7News.com.
"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."
The actor's choice of words, "like the villain," is interesting, »
After news surfaced of Disney and Lucasfilm narrowing down their search for the lead female role in Star Wars: Episode VIII – frontrunners include Gina Rodriguez, Orphan Black starlet Tatiana Maslany and Olivia Cooke – Benicio Del Toro has once again hinted that he will be playing the villain for Rian Johnson’s upcoming space sequel. Although this time, there’s a twist.
The fact that this tidbit comes via Del Toro’s interview with Spanish outlet Rac1.org means that much could have been lost in translation, but the actor appears to indicate that while his character is decidedly evil, he may not be the main villain in Episode VIII. Not dissimilar to Adam Driver’s role in The Force Awakens, who operates under Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader Snoke.
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Again, it’s worth taking Del Toro’s comments with a pinch of salt. We’ve long »
- Michael Briers
It’s been a busy day for Star Wars news, what with all the toy reveals, comic book previews and a new banner for Star Wars: The Force Awakens [check out all of our coverage here], and now we have confirmation from Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy) that he’s set for a villainous role in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
“Star Wars is coming up, we will see how that turns out,” Del Toro told Spanish site Rac1 (via Star Wars 7 News). I think we start shooting in March… They don’t let me talk too much about it, I’m like the villain.”
Del Toro won’t be the only new cast edition for the Rian Johnson-directed sequel, with a report emerging yesterday suggesting that Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) all top the shortlist for a mysterious new female lead role.
- Gary Collinson
After proclaiming his confidence in being a part of Star Wars: Episode VIII last month, Benicio Del Toro has pretty much confirmed his involvement with the film now, even going so far as to reveal when he starts filming. Come inside to see his quotes!
Back in July, rumors about Benicio Del Toro portraying a new villain in Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII popped up. Then he played coy about it in an interview last month, and now this month, he's gone ahead and confirmed those rumors. Either Disney/Lfl has told him it's okay to say something, or he just doesn't care. Either way, we're finally getting something.
Del Toro was doing an interview with the Spanish publication Rac1, in which they asked him about what he has coming up on his schedule for future projects, to which he replied (translation initially stems from StarWars7News):
“Star Wars is coming up, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Actor Benicio Del Toro just confirmed to Spanish outlet www.rac1.org that he will indeed play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII and that filming starts in March. The news comes after Del Toro previously told reporters last month that "he thinks" he'll take the role. The only other actor mentioned for the role was Joaquin Phoenix. However, Phoenix recently gave an interview where he stated that the reason he turns down blockbuster roles is because 75% of the script is, "a description of some asteroid going through space." Perhaps Joaquin made this comment in reference to the Star Wars script he just read? Rian Johnson is writing and directing the sequel to J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens. Joining Del Toro will be Donnie Yen, and Oscar Isaac - who will be reprising his role as Poe Dameron. Casting is underway for a new female lead and the »
Guardians of the Galaxy star Benicio Del Toro is currently in Spain to promote A Perfect Day, and during an interview with one of their radio stations, the actor confirmed reports that he will indeed be taking on a leading role in the Rian Johnson helmed Star Wars Episode VIII. Thanks to Star Wars 7
- Josh Wilding
Bruce Campbell and Edgar Wright will be on hand for a groovy 35mm double bill of The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II at this October's Beyond Fest, held in Los Angeles and presented by Shudder. Other screening highlights include the Kurt Russell-starring Bone Tomahawk, Karyn Kusama's The Invitation, the Henry Rollins-starring He Never Died, and much more.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA - Thursday, September 3, 2015- Beyond Fest, the highest attended genre film festival in the Us, is excited to announce its full slate of 2015 programming featuring 25 events of mind-bending, movie madness. Presented by Shudder, Beyond Fest returns to Hollywood's famed Egyptian Theatre for 11 days of movies, music and mayhem spanning Thursday, October 1st - Monday, October 12th to generate funds for co-presenter, the nonprofit American Cinematheque.
With a diverse slate that includes films from all corners of the globe Beyond Fest is proud to present »
- Derek Anderson
Though it's still a couple (light) years away, that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from churning for "Star Wars: Episode VIII," which has had some exciting casting news recently. And that includes the involvement of actor Benicio Del Toro in the production, which the actor just confirmed in a recent interview.
While in Spain promoting his new movie "A Perfect Day," Del Toro spoke to a local radio station about the "Episode VIII" rumors (as translated here by Star Wars 7 News), and let it slip that not only would he be appearing in the flick, but he's playing a villain, too. Here's the key piece of the transcript:
Interviewer: And are you going to shoot something after that?
Interviewer: And what's your role in this new Star Wars chapter? »
- Katie Roberts
We've known for a little while now that Star Wars filming would return to Skellig Michael island in September, and speculation has run rampant on What Lucasfilm is going to be doing there. Some new quotes from the Minister of State seem to confirm rumors that it's for Episode VIII. Come inside to check them out.
Let's get some facts out of the way. Last year, The Force Awakens crew filmed on Skellig Michael for a brief period (like a handful of days), and Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley were the only cast present for it. I have a good idea what the scene was for...but let's not deal with that right now. We're talking facts. The other fact we know, is that a filming crew will be returning to Skellig Michael later this month (mid-September) to shoot for approximately six weeks.
Six weeks is a hell of a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Star Wars: Episode VIII: Writer/director Rian Johnson is now early in the process of auditioning actresses for a female lead role in Star Wars: Episode VIII, and it's reported that Gina Rodriguez (TV's Jane the Virgin), Tatiana Maslany (TV's Orphan Black), and Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) are already on the shortlist of top contenders. Other actresses are also under consideration. The movie is expected to start production early next year, heading for release on May 26, 2017. [The Wrap] Ready Player One: Olivia Cooke is also under consideration for the female lead in Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg's big-screen version of Ernest Cline's acclaimed novel. Elle Fanning (Super 8) and Lola Kirke (Mistress America) are also on the...
- Peter Martin
"Star Wars: Episode VIII" is looking at a galaxy far, far away for its lead actress - the galaxy known as television.
The Wrap reports that "Episode VIII" director Rian Johnson is narrowing in on a few names: Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin"), Emmy nominee Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black"), and Olivia Cooke ("Bates Motel," "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl") are reportedly reading for the lead female role opposite "The Force Awakens" star John Boyega this month.
All three are fast-rising stars who have garnered considerable acclaim and award nominations. But it's still very, very early in the casting process, and The Wrap notes that Johnson is still auditioning a number of women for the part.
The pieces are slowing coming together for "Episode VIII"; Benicio del Toro is in talks to star as the movie's big villain. "Episode VIII" is scheduled to hit theaters in »
- Kelly Woo
All three will be among a group of women slated to do a chemistry-read with current star John Boyega before the end of the month. Johnson is still auditioning actresses though so several more will likely be in contention.
Benicio del Toro is nearing a deal to play the villain in the film and production kicks off early next year. Disney and Lucasfilm will release the »
- Garth Franklin
It looks like "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl" star Olivia Cooke's agent is working overtime. He's already landed his client on the shortlist for Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: Episode VIII," and he's also put Cooke on the radar for another big movie from one of Hollywood's most legendary directors. The Wrap reports the Cooke, Elle Fanning, and "Mistress America" star Lola Kirke for "Ready Player One." The Zak Penn ("X-Men: Last Stand," "The Avengers") penned adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel takes place in a futuristic virtual world, where pop culture puzzles are the key to power and fortune. The actresses are in the running to play Art3mis, who is the avatar of Samatha Cook in the story. It's still in the very early days since the movie isn't coming out until December 15, 2017, so Spielberg does have some time to make his decision. To readers of the book, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With The Force Awakens just months away, the next director in the new Star Wars trilogy is eying a new female lead.
According to The Wrap, Gina Rodriguez of Jane the Virgin, Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black, and Olivia Cooke of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl are being sought for a female lead role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII. Looper director Rian Johnson is taking over the movie from J.J. Abrams.
Maslany is no stranger to Star Wars with the actress allegedly being on the shortlist for Rogue One before Felicity Jones won the part. She has been flirting with making the jump from TV to movies lately and she seems like the most logical choice amongst the three due to her sci-fi roots and the fact that the producers seem already interested in her if she tried for another part.
Rodriguez is on the rise »
- Zach Dennis
A galaxy far, far away is perhaps no longer just the domain of mostly white male heroes, and one has to credit the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” creative principals for creating a narrative that features a female and Black British as part of the trio of new lead characters. If better representation of diversity and gender equality is already rearing its head in the 'Force Awakens,' the positive trend appears to be continuing in adjunct and sequels. “Star Wars: Rogue One” already features a female lead (Felicity Jones) and the rumors about another strong new female joining the new trilogy appear to be true. The Wrap reports that three actresses are testing for the female lead character in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” the still-untitled sequel to ‘The Force Awakens’ that Rian Johnson is directing. While it’s all early days of contention, the trade reports Tatiana Maslany »
- Rodrigo Perez
Director Rian Johnson is still in the middle of the auditioning process for Star Wars: Episode VIII. Bear in mind then that none of the following people actually has a job yet and that this is one of those vaguely annoying "casting shortlist" non-stories. But should you be interested in some possible contenders for an as-yet unknown character (or characters), reports this morning are that Gina Rodriguez, Tatiana Maslany and Olivia Cooke all have appointments for a "chemistry read" with John Boyega.Sources are referring to the role in question as the "female lead", although you'd have thought Episode VIII already had that in Daisy Ridley. So this is possibly another female lead or some sort of secondary role. Of the three names, Orphan Black's Maslany is intriguing, since she reportedly previously just missed out on the Rogue One role that went to Felicity Jones. Maybe the second time's the charm here. »
The three actresses have emerged as frontrunners for the film, which is still in its early casting stage, The Wrap reports.
Little is known from a storyline perspective about Episode VIII at this point.
The movie is expected to open on May 26, 2017, following Jj Abrams's »
Jane The Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez, Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, and Bates Motel‘s Olivia Cooke are the three in the frame for the unnamed lead in Johnson’s movie, the eighth official film in the Star Wars saga, following on from J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which releases this December 18th.
The plan is for the three to “chemistry-read” with “The Force Awakens” star John Boyega, who will return for ‘Episode VIII,’ before the end of the month, so reports TheWrap.
It’s not known as to what part this could be, »
- Paul Heath
Three frontrunners to play the female lead in 2017’s Star Wars: Episode VIII have emerged. The shortlist for the role includes actresses Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel).
According to The Wrap, the three are only in very early stages of the casting process, which means it’s entirely possible that none of them walk away with the part, especially considering that director Rian Johnson may still be auditioning other “rising stars.” On the other hand, different sources also told the site that Maslany, Rodriguez and Cooke could end up chemistry-reading with Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega before the end of the month.
Starting off with Maslany, the actress has earned an extremely large amount of praise for her work on BBC’s Orphan Black, on which she plays multiple roles. In fact, Maslany received her first ever »
- Justin Cook
So far in the new collection of Star Wars movies, Jj Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens is nearly complete, ahead of its release in December of this year. Now shooting, meanwhile, is Gareth Edwards' Star Wars: Rogue One, which is due in 2016. And that means when it comes to Star Wars casting, attention has turned to Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is due in cinemas in May 2017.
Fresh information has landed regarding the female lead role in the movie too, and more to the point, the people who are on the shortlist for it. The Wrap has named those that it knows, and the list is said to include Jane The Virgin's Gina Rodriguez, Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany, »
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