Disney and Lucasfilm eyeing Benicio Del Toro for the villain in Star Wars Episode 8

predator reboot benicio del toro version 1473691188 happy
PAN Photo Agency/Shutterstock
While the new Star Wars trilogy has made news in the past by casting lesser-known actors in important roles, it appears that Disney and Lucasfilm are going big game hunting for Episode VIII.

The studios are reportedly eyeing Benicio Del Toro for the role of an unidentified (but reportedly central) villain. Fans can only hope that he can follow in the footsteps of another thrice-named actor (James Earl Jones) and provide an iconic performance.

Of course, we’re getting slightly ahead of ourselves, ScreenCrush reports that no one has signed on the dotted line yet and discussions are still in the “very early stages.” Still, it’s the first morsel of casting information on the film and, until other details emerge, this news is destined to be dissected and re-dissected.

However this turns out, Del Toro certainly has the chops to do the dark side justice. For proof, refer to his scene-stealing turn as The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy.

In fact, the actor was once slated to play a central villain in another iconic sci-fi universe. Cast as the nefarious Khan in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, Del Toro ultimately left the project and was replaced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

While it seems like there may be an Abrams/Del Toro connection here, the director of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens will not be helming the franchise going forward. The next name to pick up that torch is Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom) who will both write and direct the eighth installment.

Star Wars: Episode VIII  is set to hit theaters May 26, 2017 and will begin filming next year. If the gap between episodes VII and VIII is too great, however, you can scope out the first spin-off film in the expanding universe, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, slated for December 16, 2016. A prequel of sorts, the film follows a motley crew of rebels who conspire to steal the plans for the original Death Star.

Movies & TV

From ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to ‘Episode IX’: The most anticipated movies of 2019

This year is shaping up to be one of the biggest in a long time for Hollywood fare, with everying from Avengers: Endgame to Star Wars: Episode IX hitting theaters over the next 12 months. To make planning your theater calendar a little…
Social Media

Facebook reportedly developing LOL meme app to try to appeal to teens

Facebook is reportedly developing an app named LOL, which will feature memes in the form of funny videos and GIF-like clips. The app is said to be in testing in a very limited private beta, but sources said that the app is "cringey."

Apple’s iPhone battery offer was reportedly way more popular than expected

As many as 11 million iPhone owners reportedly made use of Apple's cheaper battery replacement offer that launched in 2018 in response to the iPhone throttling debacle — some 10 times more than the company had apparently expected.

Break out the Wii: ‘Just Dance’ movie reportedly in the works

Sony's Screen Gems has reportedly acquired the film rights to the Just Dance video game series from Ubisoft, which previously helped bring the game Assassin's Creed to the big screen in 2016.
Movies & TV

Apple’s first original feature film reunites Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola

The Lost in Translation team of Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray will reunite with their A Very Murray Christmas collaborator Rashida Jones for On the Rocks, Apple and studio A24's first official feature together.
Movies & TV

You can get a screaming deal on LG OLED TVs just in time for the Super Bowl

LG is offering steep discounts on its critically acclaimed OLED TV models just in time for the Super Bowl, letting discerning viewers watch their favorite athletes with higher picture quality than ever.
Movies & TV

Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ sequel already has a creepy teaser trailer

Jason Reitman, son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, has secretly co-written a follow-up to the 1984 supernatural comedy. Filming begins this summer, but it's not clear if the original Ghostbusters will reprise their roles.
Movies & TV

From premiere date to footage: Here's all we have on 'Game of Thrones' season 8

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.
Movies & TV

Netflix recruits Steve Carell for the Trump-inspired comedy ‘Space Force’

Steve Carell, Netflix, and The Office showrunner Greg Daniels are teaming up for Space Force, a workplace comedy poking fun at the Trump White House's plans to establish a sixth branch of the U.S. military.
Home Theater

Cutting the cord? Let us help you find the best service for live TV streaming

There's a long list of live TV streaming services available to help you cut the cord and replace your traditional TV subscription. Each is different in important ways, and this guide will help you find the best one for you.
Movies & TV

New trailer for 'The Punisher' season 2 teases a bloody showdown

The Punisher is getting a second season on Netflix, with Jon Bernthal returning to play Marvel Comics' gun-toting antihero Frank Castle. Here's everything we know about season 2 of The Punisher so far.
Movies & TV

The ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ trailer has finally arrived

Lionsgate has released the first, full-length trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, the third installment of the action franchise that casts Keanu Reeves as the world's greatest assassin.
Movies & TV

Here's everything we know about 'John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum'

John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum, the third installment of the wildly successful action series that stars Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin forced out of retirement, hits theaters in May 2019. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Home Theater

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video (February 2019)

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in January and February, from new original series to classic films.