12:57pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Benicio Del Toro Plays Jedi Mind Trick Over His 'Star Wars' Character
Almost nothing is known about the character Benicio Del Toro is rumored to be playing in Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII, aside from the fact that he's a villain — and now Del Toro seems to want to take that solitary fact away as well.
"I don't know if he's a villain," the actor told Entertainment Tonight during an appearance at the Toronto Film Festival when discussing the character he may or may not play. The actor hasn't been officially announced as being part of the cast — although an offer apparently was made months ago — in the future installment of the space-opera franchise. "People are saying that, but it's like they read a different script than I read."
Well, officially, no one outside of those involved with the production has read a script for Star Wars: Episode VIII at all. If Del Toro is willing to share his copy with the world, however, a deal could undoubtedly be struck to refer to his character not as a villain, but as anything he pleased.
"It's nice to keep people in the dark," he continued, warming to his potential disinformation campaign about the role. "A little bit of mystery is good. If they want to believe it's the villain, then good."
That sounds like something a villain would say — but then again, the biggest liar in Star Wars mythology is Obi-Wan Kenobi (those really are the droids they're looking for, old man), so who can know for sure?
Star Wars: Episode VIII is set for a May 16, 2017, release.