‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’: Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern Join Cast

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Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro have joined the cast of “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” Disney confirmed on Monday.

The studio also announced that newcomer Kelly Marie Tran will have an unspecified role in the latest installment of the space opera.

Dern scored Oscar nominations for her work in “Rambling Rose” and “Wild,” and effectively ducked velociraptors and T-Rexes in “Jurassic Park.” Upcoming projects include Jennifer Fox’s “The Tale” and Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women.”

Del Toro scored an Oscar playing a morally conflicted cop in “Traffic,” earned another nomination for “21 Grams” and headlined the likes of “Sicario” and “Savages.” He next reprises his role as the Collector in “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” An earlier Variety report said that Del Toro will play the villain role in the new “Star Wars.”

Principal photography on “Star Wars: Episode VIII” begins Monday at Pinewood Studios in London. The film hits theaters on Dec. 15, 2017, when it should mint money.

“Looper” director Rian Johnson wrote the screenplay and will replace “The Force Awakens'” J.J. Abrams behind the camera. 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 will all return for the latest sequel.

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  1. Duder NME says:

    If Dern turns out to be Rey’s mom, there’s a lot of ‘splainin to do about Rey’s accent.

  2. BarkStar says:

    Disney didnt kill Star Wars. Abrams did. Like he did with Star Trek.

  3. vick disco says:

    Get ready for more radical feminism and confusing loops in the storyline….DISNEY KILLED STAR WARS PEOPLE!….WAKE THE F*&K UP!

  4. VINNY says:

    Great casting! Looking forward to Episode VIII.

  5. Jeff says:

    Disney will destroy the Star Wars franchise. see it coming!

  6. Jeff says:

    Oh Boy..here we go a couple of old people who look like their skin wrinkled like Sharpei’s. Disney involved with Star Wars seems to not be a great idea after all.

    • Star Peace says:

      When you get to that age you probably won’t look half as good as them. Sure, they have wrinkles but they have kept themselves trim and not let themselves go as many middle-aged people tend to do.

    • JK says:

      Oh boy, here we go, just a dumb troll who doesn’t respect talent and has tons of bad taste. Jeff it seems that you writing in this forum is not a great idea after all.

  7. patrik says:

    good boy, good role, good film -Traffic(Benicio Del Toro)

  8. Leon says:

    Who cares. Star wars became chick wars and its all about little cute white women runnin around with their minority slave help. Its over. Disney you ruined star wars. Fool people once…. Next star wars is going to flop. Nobody wants another white girl lead with a internationally acceptable brittish accent who runs around playing jedi. Booooo!!!!

  9. lucky day says:

    I’m pretty certain he confirmed he wouldn’t be in Guardians 2, prompting many to theorize he’ll pop up in Thor 3

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