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Benicio Del Toro offered role as 'Star Wars' villain

The Oscar winner could join cast of 'Star Wars: Episode VIII.'

Benicio Del ToroBenicio Del ToroBenicio Del Toro has been offered the role of the main villain in the 2017 film "Star Wars Episode VIII." (Photo: Jason Kempin / Getty Images)

We're still a good five months away from the release of "Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens," but fans of the series are already getting excited about the next installment, the as-yet-untitled "Episode VIII," scheduled for release in 2017. Monday's news, for instance, that Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro has been offered the villain's role in "Ep VIII" is giving "Star Wars" fans reason to twirl their light sabers in celebration.

The Wrap reported the offer, for the movie helmed by American director Rian Johnson ("Looper," "Breaking Bad") and Israeli producer Ram Bergman ("Don Jon"). Even though discussions are still ongoing and Disney hasn't confirmed, the report states that the studio and Lucasfilm are excited to add the actor to the "Star Wars" canon.

Del Toro has played a science fiction villain before. In fact, it was just last year when he played the quirky Collector in the Marvel smash hit "Guardians of the Galaxy." Here's Del Toro talking about the role, which he also played in "Thor: The Dark World":


For now, the only confirmed cast member for "Episode VIII" is Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron. Del Toro would be a fine addition, given how intense his previous roles have been, from his 2000 Oscar-winning performance in "Traffic" to movies like "Che" and "Sin City."

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