Confirmed: Benicio del Toro is ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ villain, shooting begins in March

Looks like we’ve got our Episode VIII villain, in the form of rumored-and-now-confirmed actor Benicio del Toro. Stoked.


Not too long ago, Benicio del Toro confirmed rumors that he was taking a role in the next chapter of the new Star Wars trilogy. In addition, reports have indicated that he will have some kind of villain role, though Disney and Lucasfilm haven’t confirmed anything.

However, del Toro seems to have been given permission to talk about the film as he has just seemingly confirmed the villain part of the equation while also revealing when Star Wars Episode 8 shooting actually begins.

Speaking with a Spanish outlet at, del Toro was asked what he has coming up on his schedule, and he again confirmed that he has a role in the movie, but added a bit of new information:

“Star Wars is coming up, we will see how that turns out. I think we start shooting in March.”

The reporter followed up by asking what his role would be, hoping for something juicy, but instead del Toro merely said:

“Ehhh, the thing is, they don’t let me talk too much about it. I’m like the villain. But we’ll see.” 

StarWars7News notes that the reader who pointed to this interview and translated it to English notes that del Toro’s language indicates uncertainty about his role as the villain. The phrase he uses in the interview is “es como el villano” which translates to ““he is like the villain.” So what does that mean?