12:13pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Benicio Del Toro on 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Talks: "It Looks Like It’s Gonna Happen"
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still months from release, but an important part of the next film in the series — 2017's Star Wars: Episode VIII — looks as if it could fall into place with Benicio Del Toro confirming that he's close to signing on.
"I can’t tell you much about it but I think that it might happen. It looks like it’s gonna happen, so I’m very excited," the actor said during a red-carpet appearance posted by Entertainment Tonight.
"I can’t talk too much about it. The script is hard to get. They told me they’ll cut my finger if I talk about it," he joked. While he won't share details about the character he'll play in the Rian Johnson-directed feature, he was more forthcoming about the impact the original movie had on him as a child.
"I saw the original one when it came out and it marked me," he said. "I was impressed by the film and by the characters and with the story and the message."
Presuming Del Toro does indeed join Episode VIII, it'll be his second blockbuster Disney role set in outer space; he appeared as the Collector in James Gunn's 2014 Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release May 26, 2017, marking the 40th anniversary of the franchise.