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‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Adds Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern

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Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran have joined the cast of “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” which began principal photography this morning at Pinewood Studios in London.

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the sequel also features returning cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis.

Del Toro’s possible involvement has been reported for months, with the actor finally saying in August, “I can’t tell you much about it but I think that it might happen.” He’s thought to be playing a villain.

“Star Wars: Episode VIII” opens Dec. 15, 2017.


  • red vector

    Del Toro’s character will probably be the one who “completes Kylo Ren’s training.” Or who knows it could be Laura Dern whose playing the villain and Del Toro the hero.

  • QueerJock2

    He rarely gets picked to play good guys. He’s an amazing actor but he gets typecast a lot as villains or, at best, really morally dubious types. I think that’s how he’ll be utilized here too.

  • Master Bateman

    Interesting theory. I’ve only heard people talk about how he’s going to be Thrawn or Ezra, which is highly unlikely.

  • butters911

    Laura Dern! And Daisy is back!

  • butters911

    Laura Dern! And Daisy is back!

  • Brian

    Of course Daisy’s back, are you surprised?

  • butters911

    No, just happy

  • MikeTen

    That would be crazy if he was playing Ezra. Even Thrawn would be great but the only problem with that is the Empire and now the first order seem to only have humanoids, no aliens unless they make a exception for Thrawn since he is humanoid just blue with red eyes,

  • MikeTen

    They could have pulled a Bran Stark from Game of Thrones and had Daisy disappear for the next movie and come back for the third in this trilogy.

  • Yakushiji Tenzen

    Laura Dern? Awesome.. Always loved her as Dr. Saddler

  • Master Bateman

    That’s exactly why I think it’s unlikely. I would love either. Ezra would be great because he looks like he is going to the dark side in Rebels, and his inclusion in episode 8 could solidify the animated series. I just don’t want to get my hopes up.

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