According to Starwars7news.com, Benicio Del Toro is promoting his new movie, A Perfect Day and during a radio interview, he kinda, sort of confirmed his rumored casting in Episode VIII.
Here is some of the interview transcribed:
Interviewer: …And are you going to shoot something after that?
Benicio Del Toro: No, just… *pause* Star Wars is coming up, we will see how that turns out. I think we start shooting in March.
Interviewer: …And what’s your role in this new Star Wars chapter?
Benicio: Ehhh…. the thing is…. They don’t let me talk too much about it, I’m like the villain.
Interviewer: Oh wow!
Benicio: But…. we’ll see…*laughs*
So there you have it! Filming begins in March so expect to see more spy reports and concept art come early 2016! He also is very coy about his character being the villain. Either he’s the villain or someone who becomes a villain, or he’s just trying to throw us off. We’ll know more in the months after Christmas. Either way, I can’t wait to see Benicio Del Toro in the Star Wars Universe!