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Benicio Del Toro confirms his role in Star Wars Episode VIII

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In an interview with Spanish radio to promote his current film Perfect Day, Benicio Del Toro was asked about rumours suggesting his involvement in 2017's Star Wars: Episode VIII.

In response to the question, Del Toro said "…the thing is, they don’t let me talk too much about it, I’m like the villain."

There have been plenty of rumours over the actor's involvement in the film but this is the first thing that comes close to a confirmation. Right now we have no idea WHO he'll play but we're pretty sure he won't be on the light side of the force now!

Other recent rumours hint that Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany up against Olivia Cooke and Gina Rodriguez for a major role in the film.

Star Wars: Episode VIII arrives in cinemas in 2017.

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Last updated: 06/08/2018 16:08:01

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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