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Details on two new Star Wars Episode 8 characters

Just weeks away from the release of the first standalone “Star Wars” film (“Rogue One : A Star Wars Story”), bits are starting to leak about Lucasfilm’s 2017’s offering, “Star Wars Episode VIII”. In particular, details on the previously-concealed characters to be played by Benicio del Toro (“Sicario”) and Laura Dern (“Jurassic Park”) have emerged over at Making Star Wars.

The site describes del Toro’s character as being similar to original trilogy fave, Lando, while Dern’s character is supposedly akin to ‘Effie’ from “The Hunger Games” series.

Benicio del Toro has been described as a classic “man in black.” As in he wears all black and he’s dangerous. His character is clean shaven with hair not unlike Poe Dameron’s in length. While The Wrap let us know he was up for the role of the bad guy in the film sometime ago, it doesn’t appear the heroes see del Toro as a bad guy, at least not at first. We think he’s connected to the casino set we talked about sometime ago. On paper it sounds a little close to Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back but before you panic, there are some details we’re still working on that make that appear to a bit of a stretch. We’ll have more to report on Episode VIII’s “man in black” in the future.

Denicio Del Toro in "Guardians of the Galaxy"

Denicio Del Toro in “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Laura Dern in "Jurassic Park"

Laura Dern in “Jurassic Park”


Laura Dern is probably the most bombastic of the new characters from the rumors we’ve heard. She is very aristocratic and fancy in a way we haven’t really seen in Star Wars before. Her look is unique. Someone compared her design to The Hunger Games-meets-Star Wars. Dern wears a “fancy” dress and her hair is like something out of the prequels. The biggest defining detail of this new character played by Laura Dern is that she has pink hair in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Sources are at a loss for words when they tried to describe her hair which is very ornate, almost like something out of the Outlander Club in Attack of the Clones.

Likely to be much more information on “Episode VIII” as the months tick on towards the film’s December 2017 release date.

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